On Sun., April 24, The Presbyterian Church in Morristown held an Electronics Recycling Drive-Through Drop-Off event helping members to responsibly dispose of unused personal electronic equipment, from cell phones to coffee makers. More than 853 pounds of electronic waste had been delivered to Green Vision, Inc., in Randolph, with more drop-offs expected.
The effort is a result of The Presbyterian Church in Morristown’s acceptance into the GreenFaith Certification Program, the nation’s first interfaith environmental certification program for houses of worship. The program is designed to help churches, synagogues, mosques and temples earn recognition as environmental leaders by carrying out over two dozen environmental activities.
Dr. David Smazik, senior pastor of PCM, states, “It’s clear that we need to actively engage in a united concern for sustaining the created, natural world in which we live. Doing ministry from within the historic buildings of our church has encouraged us to think long-term about the issues of sustainability. Providing a pathway for our members to do that on a personal level – such as responsibly disposing of electronics – is one piece of our effort to remain eco-conscious.”
Each year, Americans discard more than 400 million units of e-waste of which less than 12 percent is recycled.
Green Vision is a nationally recognized program that teaches adolescent students and adults with autism how to properly dismantle and recycle the various materials of unwanted electronics. All of the recyclable materials go to federally licensed facilities. Green Vision provides both meaningful job skill training and an environmentally sound “green” solution to the local community.