Samsung Green Recycling Program Raises Funds for San Francisco Public Schools

December 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in consumer electronics and information technology, today announced the expansion of its corporate social responsibility program in the San Francisco Bay Area with the unveiling of a winter season green recycling program at ten K-12 schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

The community program with the first event beginning on December 19, aims to broaden community awareness about responsible electronics recycling and promote environment protection consciousness, especially with SFUSD students and their parents. The electronics recycling program also invites neighborhood residents to drop off their used electronics on the assigned event date at one of the ten schools participating in the program and have them recycled for free.

Funds raised through Samsung’s recycling program will benefit participating schools by matching donated funds to the district’s Free and Reduced Lunch program, which serves more than 50 percent of the district’s 56,000 students. These funds will not only be used to help feed hungry students, but will also implement expanded lunch menu options such as salad bars, offering fresh, healthy produce.

Sims Recycling Solutions provides electronics recycling, precious metal refining, remarketing and asset management solutions tailored to the individual needs of its corporate clients. Their California facilities are authorized to handle SB 20/50 materials, and the company has a convenient eCycle Box designed specially for individuals and small businesses who want to responsibly recycle their electronics.

Sims Recycling Solutions’ event team will be at each school to provide a state-compliant facility for participants to drop off used electronics to be safely and securely shredded and recycled. Accepted items include: TVs, monitors, desktop and laptop computers, printers, keyboards, mice, radios, stereos, speakers, DVD and CD players, VCRs, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones.

Samsung develops environmentally-friendly products with low energy consumption levels, and products that are manufactured without hazardous substances, in addition to green manufacturing processes and compliance with environmental regulations such as EU RoHS, China RoHS, EU REACH and Halogen-free material. With green initiatives that encompass all of its component products: memory, logic, storage drives and LCD panels, the company has developed innovative component technologies to significantly cut power requirements for computing platforms and a range of consumer devices.

“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.

“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, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District.

The Samsung recycling events will take place on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these SFUSD locations:

  • December 19 – Daniel Webster Elementary School, 465 Missouri St.
  • January 9 – Marina Middle School, 3500 Fillmore St.
  • January 23 – Visitacion Middle School, 450 Raymond Ave.
  • January 30 – Longfellow Elementary School, 755 Morse St.
  • February 20 – Thurgood Marshall Academic High, 45 Conkling St.
  • February 27 – Woodside International, 1555 Irving St.
  • March 6 – Herbert Hoover Middle School, 2990 14th Ave.
  • March 13 – Newcomer High School, 1350 7th Ave.
  • March 20 – Sunset Elementary School, 1920 41st Ave.
  • March 27 – Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell St.

In 2009, Samsung has safely recycled 10,334,749 pounds of electronics. Samsung only partners with respected take-back and recycling companies–such as Sims Recycling Solutions–that do not incinerate, send to solid waste landfill, or export toxic waste (defined in a manner consistent with the commonly accepted definition of hazardous electronic waste) to developing countries.

Additional information about Samsung’s environmentally-responsible activities can be found at www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.

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