Clean-Up, Clear-Out, and Repurpose 2019

January 30, 2018

January 24 – 26th was the second year of our three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose” and the 7th year we have been offering electronics recycling. The three day event culminated in Saturday’s public electronics recycling collection.

Thursday January 24th we set aside a day for staff to organize their offices – they set aside items of interest to the archives and organized paper documents for shredding and recycling. Staff training was provided on how to organize files on the computer, what to save for the archives and what types of paperwork need to be shredded. Everyone participated by joining us for a pizza lunch, including our grounds crew.

Company Electronics Recycling

On Friday employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn had collected. Staff volunteered to host the drop off during the day, and the IT department brought our recycling up from storage along with a year’s worth of batteries for recycling.

Seventh Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public

On Saturday January 26th, we invited the public to bring their electronics for recycling at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling on Tuesday. The weather for this year’s event was comparatively balmy with no wind and temperatures between 25 and 30. Greg Ghazil, Preservation Craftsperson; Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator and Al Parker, Security Guard and Visitor Services Representative turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.

We enjoyed hosting this event for the seventh year. More than 50 vehicles delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: the rear hatch from an Audi SUV, a motorized scooter and an electronic drum kit. We overflowed the 12 pallets provided this year as the amount of items collected continues to increase year over year.

This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager and by the Information Technology Department at Mount Auburn.  Thanks go to Meg Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, and Paul Kwiatkowski for joining me in providing staff training for the event.


13 pallets of electronic equipment:

~2500 lbs, 581 items recycled

~450 lbs of scrap metal

60 lbs of alkaline batteries

SAVED: precious documents

FOUND: 1 jigsaw puzzle piece lost by a visitor, contact for info!

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