School Lunch Trays. Via back garage via Flickr CC
Samsung is growing its greener side, and at the same time helping San Francisco Bay Area schools. The company is expanding a free electronics recycling program to ten K-12 schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, hoping that the programs will not only bring awareness about the importance of proper e-cycling to the students, but also to their families and the broader community. But it doesn't stop with electronics. The program will also put healthy food on kids' lunch trays.The program allows neighborhood residents to drop off their e-waste for free, and funds raised through the recycling programs will be given to schools' Free and Reduced Lunch program, which feeds more than half of the district's 56,000 students. The funds will fill hungry kids' bellies, and expand the lunch menu to provide healthier options like salad bars. With the status of food in student lunches being so awful, this is a big help for kids.
"This generous program comes at a time when school district budgets throughout the state are under enormous pressure and we are extremely grateful that Samsung and Sims Recycling Solutions seeks to support public education during this time of need while educating students on the benefits of electronics recycling," said Carlos A. Garcia, Superintendant, San Francisco Unified School District.
As for the e-waste, Samsung has partnered with Sims Recycling Solutions. Their California facilities are authorized to handle SB 20/50 materials, which means we can be at least that much more assured that the waste is being properly recycled, and not shipped off to e-waste dumps in developing countries. The recycling events will be held at one the ten schools on a (nearly) weekly basis from December through March.
"Through the recycling program, Samsung is pleased to provide San Francisco Bay Area residents an opportunity to unlock the value of their end-of-life electronics and recycle these devices through an environmentally friendly educational program that helps local schools," said Ana Hunter, vice president, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
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