Emerald Coast Community of Makers (ECCM) in cooperation with the Long Hollow Community Center present Community E-Waste Collection Day, ECCM Makerspace, 1040B Guillemard (Guillemard and DeSoto), Pensacola FL on June 30, 2012.
Emerald Coast Community of Makers (ECCM) and the Long Hollow Community Center are proud to sponsor an E-Waste Collection Day, for the first time. Members of the community are invited to bring electronic waste such as computers, mobile phones, and small consumer devices for proper disposal for no charge. As part of ECCM’s mission to provide education to the community, there will be a Do-It-Yourself table to teach community members how to do data duplication, erasing and hard-drive destruction (donations gladly accepted).
Consumer electronics cannot be safely disposed in curbside trash collection. Most of these devices contain materials, which are toxic when left to leach out into soil and water systems causing serious pollution. ECCM will transport the collected items to a local firm that recycles the materials.
In addition to responsible recycling, the ECCM has also set the challenge to refurbish ten usable machines with Open Source software, which will be donated to the Long Hollow Community Center to support technical classes to be taught at the center.
The ECCM is also collecting to help raise money to rebuild the Makerspace. The building was disastrously flooded in the June 9 weather event; heavy rainfall left 16 inches of standing water, which ruined the walls and much of the furnishings in the lab. Likewise the bathroom will have to be gutted and rebuilt. The membership and volunteers have put in dozens of hours to remove the drywall and other waterlogged items to mitigate the damages