PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

Don’t take it to the dump

By From page A4 | April 29, 2013

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. At least that’s what Snowline Hospice is hoping people realize as spring cleaning takes full effect.

When you clean out your garage this spring, or finally replace that old TV or computer with a new one, consider donating your no-longer-needed electronics to Snowline instead. You’ll be avoiding adding more to the landfill, and in turn, doing it for more than just an environmental good cause.

Snowline Hospice Reuse and Processing Center will take your e-waste and turn it into products it can sell, then help people with the money. The center is an authorized Microsoft Refurbisher that restores and resells affordable quality computers at each of the non-profit thrift stores. Appliances that work and are in good condition are taken to one of the Snowline Hospice thrift stores to be sold. The appliances that are broken are recycled. All proceeds from Snowline Hospice Thrift Store sales go to help support the mission of Snowline Hospice serving the community by supporting patients near end-of-life and their families.

“We provide our community with an alternative to taking stuff to the dump and putting it in the landfill,” said processing center manager Todd Pieplow in staff writer Mike Bush’s article on April 17.

Oh, but they’re doing so much more than that. That bulky tower and monitor in storage that you’ll never use again could be essentially helping a family in the final days of a loved one’s life.

And it’s not just e-waste. Snowline is set up to even make use of that single shoe you have lying around. You know, the one you keep thinking about throwing in the garbage, but don’t because you vow to find its partner someday? Yeah, that shoe can also make a difference.

Laurine Burns-Estreito, who oversees retail operations for Snowline Hospice, said the center takes clothing and shoes not suitable to sell in thrift stores, including single shoes.

“These materials are sold to a broker who ships them to Africa where single shoes are paired up with like shoes for impoverished communities,” Burns-Estreito said. “Clothing is put to good use; a ripped pair of jeans might become a pair of shorts and a T-shirt with a hole in the sleeve might become a pillowcase.”

They’ll even take that broken-down car in the yard you haven’t had towed away yet. “We will take care of all the paperwork, get the donor’s signature and arrange to have the vehicle picked up,” Burns-Estreito said.

It’s impressive what they’ve done so far. The processing center diverted more than 6 million pounds of materials from the landfill in 2012 and over 18 million pounds to date.

Let your waste do something good for once. Take it to people who will turn it into something that will benefit families all over the county, including possibly one day yours.

Mountain Democrat

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