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Not your typical recycling projects. Bonnie's story is of creativity, ingenuity, dedication, and responsibility all rolled into one.
Bonnie, age seven, loves nature and animals as much as anyone could. Last summer, when her mother mentioned contacting us for environmentally friendly recycling of her old electronics, Bonnie got to thinking of some creative ways to help.
Lemonade stand turned electronics recycling stand
Her recycling project idea was to combine her successful lemonade stand into an electronics recycling stand.
First she had to come up with creative ways to get people to bring her their used electronics. After checking out our site, over her mom's shoulder, her unusually creative ideas quickly flashed to mind.
Her e-cycling activities would include creating large signs and putting them up around the community with the dates of her week long recycling projects. Her signs would have arrows pointing cars passing by towards her stand.
Bonnie's first week of environmental ideas
It took her a full week of preparation to design her ten gigantic signs. Next her mother drove around and looked at the best locations to post the signs around their community.
After deciding, Bonnie completed the arrows for each sign so as to point the citizens in the right direction. She spent most of her Friday afternoon putting up the signs with her mom.
Saturday she placed 250 flyers, her mom had printed for her, on the doorsteps of the houses within a couple blocks of her house. She offered free pick-up via wagon of all used electronics that she could pull.
Bonnie's second week of environmental projects
Her event was scheduled to run from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Sunday.
Here's how her recycling project went.
Monday morning she sat at her stand for almost two hours before the first car showed up. It was a friend of her father and he brought a broken coffee maker and a giant surge protector of some sort, to get the ball rolling.
Only minutes later another vehicle showed up with two computers, monitors, mice and keyboards. Less than five minutes passed and another vehicle showed up with one right behind it. Soon after there were endless cars lined up down her street.
Then her parent's land line phone began to ring, and her mom answered. It was a neighbor who had some items to be picked up. Her mom scheduled the pick-up for 5:15pm that night, to give Bonnie time to skedaddle over to the neighbor's after her stand closed at 5:00pm.
Meanwhile the trucks, SUVs and cars kept rolling up to her house to drop off no longer working electronics. Each vehicle's occupant looked quite thrilled to see such a happy, young girl running such a noble recycling event.
One guy gave her a tip of $5.00 and thanked her for the help.
Bonnie's recycling projects and the lunch rush
Little did she know about something called the lunch rush. Several people all at once brought their electronics to work for a lunch time recycling drop off.
After about two hours of non-stop recycling drop offs, she got a break and enjoyed her own lunch as she rummaged through the growing pile of ewaste setting on her front lawn. Only one more car stopped by the rest of the day to bring her their recyclables.
Soon after 5:00 she had pulled her wagon, mother by her side, over to the neighbors house to pick up a large TV. Thankfully the neighbor's son lifted it into her wagon, and she jimmied it the whole way back home where she dumped it behind the gate up the driveway.
That night she had the task of carrying everything she received up the driveway to be put behind the remote controlled driveway security gate.
Police watch over Bonnie's recycling projects
Each day that passed got even more busy for her. That smile caused people who saw her to tell their friends who told their friends. Friday morning the police were stationed across the street just to keep an eye on little Bonnie and make sure she was safe.
Rushes of cars pulled up all weekend to drop off their electronics and smile at this young environmentally friendly little girl. By Sunday evening this crafty recycling child actually knew what it felt like to be exhausted.
By Monday morning her mom was on the phone to us explaining the whole amazing story of her daughter's recycling projects for the week prior. We were so impressed we had to share her story, and how kids recycling and environmental projects are unsurpassed by most adults.
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Bonnie, we thank you for all of your ingenuity and hard work. You've truly won the hearts of all.
Schedule your electronics recycling pick-up today!
All Electronics Recycling is currently picking up most everything with an electric chord in your neighborhood (commercial or residential) for reuse or recycling.
If you have recently run some recycling projects and need a pick-up, I suggest filling out the form up on the right or calling us now at (800) 924-0884 to be scheduled in our pick-up routes.
P.S. Also, please ask your friends, family, and colleagues to leave you their 'e waste' so we may pick it all up on the same trip as well. We can always come back next month, although that may increase our carbon footprint, so please act now.
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