In 1970, more than 2 million people joined in the first Earth Day event. More than 25 years later, technology companies Agilent and Intel are teaming with two recycling companies and a group of future business leaders to celebrate the annual event.
The tech companies are working with Earth Protection Services, Waste Not and Coronado High School’s Future Business Leaders for a one-day computer recycling program on April 22.
The students and business leaders will accept computer parts – desktops, laptops, keyboards, mice and monitors – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is for residential recyclers only.
The group will charge $10 for each car. The money raised will be donated to School District 11.
Waste Not is a Colorado Springs recycling company that focuses on providing recycling and re-use services to commercial, institutional and government accounts. Earth Protection Services is a Phoenix-based company that specializes in recycling computers and electronics.
Earth Day began in 1970 as a grassroots effort spearheaded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist, who decided to create a nationwide “teach-in” day to focus on environmental concerns. More than 10,000 primary and secondary schools, 2,000 colleges, as well as hundreds of communities celebrated the first Earth Day. In 1971, Nelson announced “Earth Week,” the third week of April, as a yearly event.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton honored Nelson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given a civilian, for his part in creating the national event.
Call 273-1706 for more information about the computer-recycling event.