GRANT STELLFLUG, left, and Jon Hedden process e-waste items at the Snowline Hospice Reuse and Processing Center in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Donations offer two-pronged benefit

By From page B2 | April 17, 2013

Wanted: computers, televisions, appliances or anything with an electrical cord that is not needed anymore.

Snowline Hospice Reuse and Processing Center in Placerville will gladly take these items and keep  them out of the landfill and use the proceeds to deliver hospice care to El Dorado County.

The center, 180 Industrial Drive in Placerville, has been taking e-waste, small and large, since November 2007.

Laurine Burns-Estreito, who oversees retail operations for Snowline Hospice, said the center is an authorized Microsoft Refurbisher that restores and resells affordable quality computers at each of the non-profits thrift stores.

“Hard drives are cleaned according to Department of Defense standards, so donors need not worry about personal information getting into the wrong hands,” Burns-Estreito said. “As an additional security measure for businesses, we can provide a certificate of destruction with serial numbers of the hard drives or even a videotape of the destruction.”

There are five Snowline thrift stores in El Dorado County: 455 Placerville Drive, Placerville; 3961 El Dorado Road in Placerville; in 3550 Carson Road in Camino; 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park; 2650 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park. In Folsom there is a store at 616 E. Bidwell St.

“We’re trying to get the word out that we are here,” said Todd Pieplow, processing center manager.

“We provide our community with an alternative to taking stuff to the dump and putting it in the landfill,” Pieplow said.

“We take scrap metal. Those are the kinds of things that people can bring in as well. They don’t have to take them to the dump.” Burns-Estreito said.

Materials donated to the processing center are sorted and handled according to their intended purpose and condition.

Burns-Estreito said, 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.

She added that 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.”

Automobiles that are not drivable do not have to be delivered to the processing center, Burns-Estreito said. A phone call to the center can starts the process.

“We will take care of all the paperwork, get the donor’s signature and arrange to have the vehicle picked up,” Burns-Estreito said.

The processing center diverted more than 6 million pounds of materials from the landfill in 2012 and over 18 million pounds to date.

Donations can be dropped off at the processing center Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at one of the six thrift stores in the county or Folsom. The thrift stores will write out a tax-deductible receipt.

Snowline Hospice’s mission is to help terminally ill patients near the end-of-life and guide their family members through their grief.

For more information about what can be accepted at the processing center call 530-626-1641. To find out more about Snowline Hospice visit

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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