Much like two years ago, employees from two ACTenviro branches volunteered during their free time in honor of Earth Day. This time around, however, only one of the events was a cleanup. For the first one, Albuquerque branch manager Bruce Hehemann volunteered his and his team’s services to organize and run an electronic equipment recycling event at the ABQ BioPark Zoo on Saturday, April 13. ACTenviro employees, their loved ones and even a few friends managed the takeback, helping the planet (and endangered animal species, specifically) in not one but two key ways:
- They collected just shy of ten thousand (10,000) pounds of e-waste. All proceeds from the sale of the waste to a local New Mexico Recycler went straight into New Mexico BioPark Society (which also supports the Aquarium and Botanic Garden) coffers. At 10¢ a pound, the event’s proceeds contributed precisely $940.40 to the mission of “providing a quality facility through the support of related conservation, education and recreation programs.”
- By obtaining unwanted cell phones and sending them on for recycling, precious “rare-earth metals” can be reclaimed for reuse in future devices. By diminishing the need for virgin rare-earth metals, the habitat of critically-endangered gorillas in areas such as the Congo basin is protected from the devastating effects of mining.