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NBA Fans Score Tickets on E-Waste Recycling Day

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last Saturday was NBA All-Star E-Waste Recycling Day. Fans who participated in the event were rewarded with tickets to the NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Last Saturday, February 12th, was NBA All-Star E-Waste Recycling Day. The recycling drive (watch video above) spearheaded by Haeir and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles and Electronic Recyclers International was held at the parking lot of the L.A. Convention Center on W. Pico Blvd.

Hundreds of fans brought in their old electronics: TV, DVD players, computers, laptops, VCRs, fax machines, etc. for proper recycling and disposal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as high as 70% of highly toxic heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, antimony, lead, chromium, and arsenic found in our municipal landfills are coming from improperly disposed electronic waste. These metals are extremely dangerous to humans and can potentially harm us if they contaminate surrounding soil and water systems near the landfills.

Los Angeles City mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the event a “green day” underscoring the importance of the city’s partnership with the NBA to promote recycling:

“What we’re trying to do is really promote a green day, an opportunity for us to partner to really send the message that we have to recycle.”

Individual teams in the NBA, like the Houston Rockets, are already actively promoting recycling in their own venues. Saturday’s event marked the first time that the national league actually sponsored an e-waste recycling drive.

NBA legend Mitch Richmond who was on hand to welcome fans to the recycling drive, remarked:

“Waste is an important part of our life. I just try to get my kids to take care of their rooms and do all the right stuff – all the necessary stuff to keep everything in the right order. But, you know, this awesome. I love to give back like this.”

E-waste is a major problem in the United States today partly because of the rapid development and introduction of new electronic products in a fiercely competitive market. On top of that, there are relatively few electronic recyclers in the country to meet the huge demand for recycling and some unscrupulous companies resort to dumping our e-waste to developing countries. Some states, like South Carolina, have introduced legislation mandating manufacturers to take responsibility for their products and create facilities to take back used electronics.

Fans who participated in the event were rewarded with tickets to the Family Day (Feb. 21st), part of the NBA All-Star Jam Session (presented by Adidas) which is happening this Feb.18-21 at the L.A. Convention Center.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Plastic Scrap Guy // Apr 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I think it all comes down to education. That is, most people do not know what to do with their old electronics and end up throwing them in the trash. Instead, they should be dropping them off at proper e-waste facilities that strip the items apart based on plastics, metals, and others. The respective parts then get sold to recyclers that process them for re-use.