Going green earns green for YALE School

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Students Cameron Watts of Pleasantville, left, Travis Graham of Washington Township, YALE teacher from the Williamstown campus, George Candia and Mike Harris of Rio Grande deconstruct and recycle electronic items at the YALE School where a partnership with Green Vision Inc, is working well for students. Students Cameron Watts of Pleasantville, left, Travis Graham of Washington Township, YALE teacher from the Williamstown campus, George Candia and Mike Harris of Rio Grande deconstruct and recycle electronic items at the YALE School where a partnership with Green Vision Inc, is working well for students.

NORTHFIELD—The Y.A.L.E. School (youth adolescent learning experience) on Burton Avenue has partnered with Green Vision Inc, a New Jersey based non-profit company that is helping find alternate uses for electronic items that would normally end up in a landfill. The experience for students working in the program is going green times two.

According to YALE Program Coordinator Noah McKay, the job for the teachers and staff at YALE is to teach students to be productive, make better choices and to take responsibility for the choices they make.

McKay said the school also wanted to find a pathway to teaching students new skills and a way to develop those skills into the work place and earn some money for their effort. Through a lot of research they found Green Vision and it has been a very good match for the YALE students. 

One room at the school has been converted to the Green Vision room. Shelves line the room with assorted electronics; TV’s, computers, clock radios, lap tops, coffee makers, and cameras; if it has a plug, chances are it would be perfect for the Green Vision recycling program manned by students from the Northfield and Williamstown campuses of YALE.

McKay said students earn the right to participate in the program. Student Mike Harris of Rio Grande said the program not only taught him a skill, he really likes taking things apart and when he graduates his plan is to go to a technical school to learn more about working on computers.

The student workers open up the computers and begin the task of deconstructing the computers, printers; whatever it is and separating it by its components; tossing the copper into one bin, the circuit boards into another, the wiring into another and so on.

When the bin is loaded it is then weighed, logged and carted out to a large container that will be picked up by Green Vision once it is full.

The recycled material is then calculated and the money sent to YALE.  Meanwhile the YALE student workers are earning minimum wage for the work they are doing with Green Vision.

McCay said the students are not only keeping electronic waste out of landfills, they are earning a paycheck and gaining valuable work experience. “They get paid when we get paid and the pride that paycheck brings to these kids is such a positive reinforcement for them,” said McKay.

After short training period, eligible students will have the option to move up to jobs that carry increased responsibilities. As part of the partnership with Green Vision YALE students will also learn about sustainability and participate in yearlong environmental service-learning projects.

McKay said the program has been a very positive addition for the students at the school and the community has a chance to keep the program fed by donating their old electronics to the school rather than put them out with the trash.

How the Recycling Program Works
1. Drop off your old unused electronics (almost anything with a power cord) at the YALE School, 1000 Burton Ave. Northfield during school hours.
2. Students will sort, dismantle, and prepare broken down components for recycling while earning a paycheck.
3. Processed components are sent to a certified e-waste handling plant for recycling and reuse.
E-mail Noah McKay at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more or to donate electronics no longer in use or call 609-677-9960. Items that are accepted for the recycling program:
•Computers and accessories*
•Printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines
•Inkjet and laser printer ink and toner cartridges
•Telephones and cell phones
•Small kitchen appliances
•Vacuum cleaners (empty)
•Entertainment equipment
•TVs and computer monitors*
*a small recycling fee of $10-$20 per item applies to all TVs, computer monitors and hard drives due to the cost of safely recycling some materials present in these items.

Student Cameron Watts of Pleasantville and YALE School Program Coordinator Noah McKay check out aluminum recycled from electronic items donated to the YALE School as part of the Green Vision program.  Student Cameron Watts of Pleasantville and YALE School Program Coordinator Noah McKay check out aluminum recycled from electronic items donated to the YALE School as part of the Green Vision program.

 


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