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Sixth annual event collects unwanted computer equipment

The Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College will join forces with Total Reclaim on Saturday to host the sixth annual Computer e-Cycling Drive to collect unwanted computer equipment.

The public is invited to join the college's faculty, staff and students to tackle computer-related “e-waste” and make a positive difference in the environment.

The drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., in parking lot 10.Signs will be posted to provide directions to the location.

Unwanted computer items — computer towers, laptops, monitors, printers, keyboards, scanners and disks — will be accepted and triaged on site, to determine if they can be used again. If not, they will be completely and responsibly recycled.

Students will collect data at the event about donors and donations as part of class research projects.

New this year, the event will also have hard drive smashing, so participants can have their hard drive demolished.

Based on last year’s success, block Styrofoam — the bulky, protective packaging that all computers arrive in — will also be accepted on site. Total Reclaim will process the collected material at its Portland facility using a "densifier," a powerful shredder, to reduce its volume. This will be sold to manufacturers of low-grade plastics such as picture frames.

Televisions will not be accepted during the drive.

The event is open to the general public. Cost: $5 per car load; $10 per pick-up truck/sports utility vehicle/van load. Cash will only be accepted.

For more information on the event, contact Diane Shingledecker, computer applications systems instructor, at 971-722-4099.

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