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IMAGE GALLERY: Framingham High Students Recycle Technology

Last weekend, FHS student government members collected old VCRs, computer monitors and other technology to be disposed of properly and to not be left in landfills.

Saturday, Framingham High student government members spent four hours collecting what many would call junk.

Under adviser Robin Kanter, a special education teacher, at Framingham High School the students ran a free technology/electronics recycling drive.

This is the second year for the drive. Last year, they collected enough old VCRs, computer monitors, televisions, DVD players etc to fill an 18-wheel truck.

Kanter said the company that collects the recycled technology reached out to the students after a very successful first drive last year in Massachusetts - the company's first event in the northeast.

The company takes all the "technology that some people throw into landfills and they break it own properly so not to hurt the environment," said Kanter.

Saturday there were cars lined up to drop off their old electronics junk from their basements, garages, etc. The students collect the electronics and technology and they sort them and bundled them. By the end of the day, there were pallets and pallets of technology set to be disposed of properly.

Freshman Jason said the drive is important because lots of the products "have chemicals in them and if placed in landfills they could hurt the environment."

Student Andrew Petricone said the event teaches people how to "recycle hazardous materials the right way."

While the event was free, donations were accepted and all money raised went to a "good cause" said Framingham High senior Mitchell Feldman. The students plan to donate the money to St. Jude's Hospital.

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Special thanks to Charlie Pasewark of Photography in Motion for taking these photographs and conducting the interviews for this report.

Ramuel M. Raagas January 09, 2013 at 04:13 AM
"Hey Jude, don't make it bad / Take... and make it better"
Barbara Sherman January 09, 2013 at 12:21 PM
While the electronic recycling event was happening, other Framingham High Students were volunteering at the Grace Church EPS Foam (Styrofoam) recycling event.

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