By Irving Gustavo Molina
Those interested in donating recyclable items are invited to participate in the El Paso Community College Recycling Program’s “Earth Day 2015” event.
The event, which started April 17, will continue on Wednesday, April 22, at the EPCC Administrative Service Center, Building “A” foyer. “Earth Day 2015” will then move to the Transmountain campus on Thursday, April 23, and conclude on Friday, April 24, at the Northwest campus.
All celebrations are from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day. EPCC campuses will be having contests all week to encourage recycling.
“We are the ones that make Earth dirty, so we need to take responsibility and why not have a fun day,”Mayra Cordero Rios, EPCC environmental specialist, said. “Besides having fun, [we are] informing ourselves of the importance of recycling and all its benefits.
Participants will be receiving prizes and besides of all that, we will be helping our planet.
Almost all the time people never put attention to the damage we cause to our planet and we need to be aware of that.”
The Recycling Program will give reusable stainless steel bottles for the first 100 participants at each location. Participants must bring eligible recyclable items such as computers, cell phones, batteries or any device that uses electricity.
The program will also accept used clothes.
“The items collected will help every person,” Cordero-Rios said. “When you throw a used cell phone battery away to the normal garbage can, it will eventually reach Earth’s dirt and contaminating even the water we drink. So instead of contaminating our water and other earth substances, why not reuse them?”
Door prizes will be available for those who donate items mentioned including a 40” TV, gift certificates, free Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks Coffee.
During the event, free movie tickets will be given out to those who collect the most cigarette butts.
Cordero-Rios said smoking does more than pollute your lungs, the air and others around you.
“You pollute the ground when you throw the cigarette butt,” she said. “Then when it rains, the cigarette butts go to the draining and ponding areas and pollutes our underground water, contaminating them.”
If the event turns out well, ECORECIKLA, a company out of Mexico that specializes in recycling electronics, will put recycling garbage cans for the event’s use.
ECORECIKLA is one of the corporations that will be participating and will receive most of the recyclable items.
“The objective is for everyone to participate because it is an opportunity to protect our health,” Cordero-Rios said. “The earth does not clean itself, we have to clean it.”