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GSA partners with federal agencies for successful e-recycling event in Philadelphia
GSA, in partnership with other federal agencies, recently hosted a free electronic recycling event for local, state and federal agencies in Philadelphia, PA. Fifteen agencies contributed to the successful collection of over 53,500 pounds - 26.5 tons - of computers, laptops, printers, keyboards and other electronics.
The electronics were broken down at recycling centers and recycled for material content by inmates who are employed by Federal Prisons Industries (also known as UNICOR) as part of their training and rehabilitation program. This event was good for the environment and helped those in prison learn a skill. It was also the federal government's way of being good neighbors to state and local agencies in the Philadelphia area. E-recycling ensures responsible disposal and reuse of electronics.
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture them. Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
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GSA Donates 30 Laptops to Philadelphia-area School
Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Diaz and Property Disposal Specialists Matthew Grace and Ryan Oliver visited the Belmont Charter School in Philadelphia on May 28 to observe students use laptops donated by GSA. Thirty laptops, valued at $48,000, were donated to the school. The Region is supporting President Obama’s Promise Zone initiative which addresses the challenges of deep and persistent poverty. Belmont Charter School is located in the target area of Philadelphia’s Promise Zone which is roughly two square miles in West Philadelphia’s Mantua neighborhood.
More details of the event, including photos, are available on CBS Philly.