(Belleville, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Mission Integration Committee wants to do their part to help protect the environment and is hosting an Electronics Recycling Collection and Clothing Drive on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in the parking lot of the Prairie Heart Institute Building, 340 West Lincoln Street in Belleville. This event was rescheduled from January due to bad weather.
“As a Franciscan ministry, we strive to be good stewards of the Earth and proudly offer collection events such as this to the community so that everyone can do their part to preserve the planet’s natural resource today and for future generations,” states Donna Meyers, Director of Mission Integration, Pastoral Care and Community Benefit.
SpectrumEcycle Solutions, Inc. will be managing the electronics recycling collection. For this event, unwanted Christmas lights will be accepted in addition to any electronic/electrical device that plugs in or uses a battery. Please note UNACCEPTED items include tube TVs, CRT computer monitors, light bulbs. The public can contact SpectrumEcycle Solutions at 314-428-0777 with any questions about the recycling process or to inquire if a specific item can be accepted.
Tons of Christmas lights are discarded each year in the U.S. and the EPA estimates that out of 3.14 tons of overall e-waste generated in the U.S. in 2013, 1.87 million tons went into landfills and incinerators.
All donations are tax deductible. Clothing will be donated to local service organizations serving the region. St. Elizabeth’s Mission Integration Committee thanks everyone for their donations to help us serve the community.
St. Elizabeth’s follows in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. Below are a few more simple ways that you can do the same and become environmental stewards throughout the year:
Bag It. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags. This preserves resources by cutting down on the huge number of paper and plastic bags that are discarded after a single trip.
Shop at your local farmers' market. This will help support farmers in your area and decrease the miles you drive to buy food.
Save on Water. Drink water from the tap, instead of buying single-use bottled water, which requires much more energy to produce, store and transport. Use water filters if you are concerned about your local water supply.
Think before you print. With increased access to smart phones, iPads and laptops, oftentimes a hard copy is not necessary. Switching subscriptions and bill receipts to be sent via email is another great way to lessen paper waste.