Electronics recycling drive set for Nov. 7-8 at B’nai Amoona

MERS/Goodwill, Congregation B’nai Amoona and the City of Creve Coeur will again partner to hold the 6th Annual Electronics Recycling Drive from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. This free drive will be held in the B’nai Amoona parking lot, located at 324 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The Drive is open to everyone and all electronic items with a cord, battery or engine will be accepted. Businesses are encouraged to drop off recyclable electronics during hours of operation on Monday, November 8.

“From the first year our goal has been to guarantee that nothing would go into a landfill or be destroyed in a way which would harm the environment,” said Phyllis Cantor of Congregation B’nai Amoona. “The unique partnership between a place of religious worship, a suburban city and a responsible recycler who gives back to the community has made this Drive very special. We have collected about 676 tons of electronics.”

All items will be accepted free of charge and participants do not need to sort their items prior to dropping them off. Computers and computer accessories, phones (home and cell), clocks, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, AV equipment including cable and satellite boxes, and anything with a cord, motor, or battery will be accepted. The donation site will be staffed and participants will receive a tax receipt for their donation on the spot. MERS/Goodwill is also providing a pick-up service for large items that cannot be brought to the donation site. To arrange pick-up service, contact Sharon Summers by calling 314-982-8917.

Bringing unneeded electrics to the recycling drive instead of throwing them away helps protect the environment by keeping harmful materials out of landfills. In the 2009 electronics recycling drive, MERS/Goodwill, Congregation B’nai Amoona and the City of Creve Coeur collected 304 tons of material that would otherwise have gone in a landfill.

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This year, participants will have another option for helping their community: monetary donations will be collected for Turkey for the Pantry, an organization that provides needy families with turkeys on Thanksgiving.