Dale McCoy of Dryden's Environmental Office helps load up items for recycling from Dryden's electronic waste collection. (NASA/Tom Tschida)
Turning Trash into Treasure
More than a ton of electronic waste was collected for recycling during a drive organized from Dec. 3-19.
Jennifer Gocke, a key organizer, said employees from Dryden's main campus on Edwards and the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale were invited to participate.
The Dryden Sustainability Team sponsored the event in partnership with the Dryden Environmental Office and the City of Lancaster. Lancaster representatives came to Dryden to collect the 2,100 pounds of materials and take them for proper disposal at no cost to Dryden.
The America Recycles Day in November provided ideas to the Sustainability Team to conduct this event, Gocke said.
"It was very successful and I will recommend to the team that we do this at least once a year," she said.
Many employees told Gocke they were just happy to clean out their garages.
Lancaster, in conjunction with CalRecycle, operates the Lancaster Recycling Center at the City of Lancaster Maintenance Yard at 615 W. Ave. H. That is where the Dryden electronic waste was taken.
The items could be recycled and used for a range of products, which include the design and manufacturing of Olympic medals, faucets, garden furniture and auto parts.
By Jay Levine