Sustainability and environmental stewardship often has to start at the grass roots, and more often than not those grass roots are easily accessible through schools and the children within. Company youchange has today announced what they are calling “the successful completion of its beta testing” of a program to collect used electronic equipment in schools throughout Arizona.
“With 100’s of millions of electronic items being discarded each year youchange is committed to recovering those resources and hopes to engage thousands of schools across the U.S. and Canada to help,” said Jeffrey Rassas, CEO and Founder of youchange.
“Educating students and then empowering them to be the agents of change is a great way to teach stewardship to the next generation; kids learn about the dangers of electronic waste (e-waste) and then are asked to go home and collect unwanted devices from their family, neighbors and friends. The items are collected by the schools and youchange converts them into cash giving back to the school to help support important programs being cut by budget deficiencies.”
The company is determined to collect, purchase, refurbish, and resell used consumer electronics to both consumers and business markets. The youchange collection program pays cash and rewards for used electronics, refurbishes or recycles those products, and then sells refurbished products, including laptops, computers, phones, and many more.
“The thought of so much recyclable garbage going into landfills breaks my heart,” said Colleen Miller from Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “I have two young children and often think what the world will be like for them in 20 years from now with the population increasing and our resources decreasing. We need to act now with our kids in mind – selfishness and the ‘convenience’ of just throwing something out has no room in our thought process anymore.”
Executive Vice President of youchange Derrick Mains says that they have already collected more than 10,000 pounds of electronics from schools in the beta test throughout Arizona, and will now be opening the program up to more than 2,300 public and private schools throughout the rest of the state.
They hope to extend the program to more than 125,000 schools nationwide throughout next year. “Educate our kids about electronic waste, help mom and dad clean out their closest and put money back into the coffers of cash starved schools, it’s a win for everyone!”
“It starts with you…and ends in change.”