Chestnut Hill’s ‘Weird Waste Day’ to benefit local grant program

In preparation for Earth Day, Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH) will be hosting their biannual Weird Waste Day on April 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Norwood Fontbonne Academy located at 8891 Germantown Ave.Amy Edelman, GRinCH president, said the purpose of the day is to divert as much electronic waste from landfills that can be toxic such as the glass in computer monitors and television screens.

During the day, the group will accept anything with a plug including central processing units, televisions, printers, faxes and cell phones. The material will be responsibly recycled or dismantled by eForce Compliance, a metro Philadelphia electronic recycling company that provides compliant recycling solutions.

The suggested donation cost is $10-$20 and will benefit GRinCH’s Green Student Warrior Grant program, which support and encourages students to be environmental stewards by working on projects that lends to Chestnut Hill being a greener and cleaner neighborhood.

“It’s imperative for all students and young people to understand the issues not just in their community, but to the planet as a whole,” said Edelman.

She said this is the first year that the group is going to sponsor projects for the Green Student Warrior Grant program. They received four submissions before the March 1 deadline and hope to give money to each of the projects that includes the creation of a recycling program at a school and a beautification project with native plants.

“We think it’s really important to understand how everything is interconnected and learn that at a young age because children develop life-long habits at a young age and we want to make sure that the environment is on that list of things they care about,” said Edelman.

Edelman continued by saying they are always looking for volunteers to assist in their greening efforts as well as to assist with helping the grant program flourish.

More information about the event can be found on the GRinCH website.

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