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Deasy PTA to Host Recycling Fundraiser at Budget Polls

This year, Glen Cove residents can conveniently take part in an eco-friendly fundraiser while voting on the budget.

’s PTA is hosting a recycling fundraiser during the budget vote Tuesday, May 17. Residents are encouraged to bring small electronics that are no longer usable – which can be placed in marked drop boxes - to all voting locations.

“This is the first time the Deasy PTA is doing this fundraiser,” said member Katie Baiata. “This is our first big effort to collect donations.”

RecyclingFundraiser.com, formerly EcoPhones, will pay for each recycled item collected during the fundraiser. The drop-boxes will remain at the budget vote-hosting schools (, , and the ) for an entire week.

“I think people want to recycle, but it’s a hassle and it’s confusing,” said Baiata. “No one knows what to do with their old or broken electronics.”

Appropriate devices to leave in the drop boxes include: cell phones (no chargers or accessories), inkjet cartridges (small ones that will fit in the palm of your hand), laptop computers, digital SLR cameras and lenses, point and shoot digital cameras, digital camcorders and video cameras, handheld game systems, full-size game systems (PS3, XBox 360 and Wii), video games, iPads or tablets (Blackberry, Android), iPods and MP3 players, e-book readers (Kindle, Nook), portable GPS devices and  TI graphing calculators.

Desktop computers, monitors, printers, scanners, modems, keyboards, mouses or TVs will not be accepted.

The money collected for each recycled item will go directly to the Deasy PTA, which will benefit student activities and the community, according to Baiata.

“I chose a recycling fundraiser because it not only benefits the school, but also the environment,” she said. “I am very passionate about recycling; a lot of it comes from guilt.”

Approximately 80 percent of the items RecyclingFundraiser.com receives is able to be “repaired, refurbished, cleared of all personal information, repackaged and resold to consumers for reuse in North America,” according to its Web site.

Tax donation receipts will be available. Baiata also plans to host a recycling drive at her home to further benefit the students.

Forward questions about the recycling fundraiser to Katie Baiata at katieb415@msn.com.

For the full list of all appropriate recyclable devices, visit the fundraiser’s Web site.

Janice LaRocca May 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Additionally, people can bring non perishable food items for donations to Island harvest (to help replenish empty food pantries around nassau county) and have their kids to enjoy "bash the trash" while they step out for a few minutes to go vote! Great night out, good causes all around!

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