The Environmental Club is not just for die-hard “tree huggers,” as one might think. Students from different grades and social groups come to Environmental Club because they want to take care of our community- one small step at a time. However, the electronics drive that took place two weeks ago was anything but small. In fact, it was one of the most successful drives the Environmental Club has organized all year.

Environmental Club members help empty container full of donated electronics. (Photo by Tarushi Sharma)
Environmental Club members help empty container full of donated electronics. (Photo by Tarushi Sharma)

The saying “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is the perfect description for the tower of old electronics that stood in the foyer. The seemingly outdated and useless electronics that students and families no longer needed were exactly what the Environmental Club wanted. Within the first day and a half, 1,500 pounds of electronics were donated- enough to fill a 24-foot box truck. The electronics will be given to Allied Computer Brokers, a company that is “nationally known for recycling excess and surplus electronics.”

The Environmental Club, run by Ms. Shenker and Ms. Cutler, works to “make the Andover community more sustainable by composting, recycling, and lowering electricity use within the school.” The goal of the electronics drive was to “reduce the amount of electronics that goes into the waste stream,” says Ms. Shenker, who was “blown away” by the amount of donations they received this year. “I was so pleased with the support we got from the school, she says, “The drive went well beyond my expectations.”

Donations from the first day of the electronics drive. (Photo by Tarushi Sharma)
Donations from the first day of the electronics drive. (Photo by Tarushi Sharma)

The tremendous efforts of the Environmental Club, be it recycling, composting in the cafeteria, or donating old electronics, help to make our school blue, gold, and green. For anybody who is interested in helping our community become more sustainable, the Environmental Club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 in room 225.

 By Jenna Kosinski