ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several people showed up for Saturday's free electronic recycling event. The younger generation is also helping to play their part in reducing their own carbon footprint.
"Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful" teamed up with Dougherty Comprehensive High School's Jobs for Georgia Graduates to collect thousands of electronics that would otherwise be thrown into landfills. High School senior, Ja'Marius Emanuel Wooden enjoys volunteering and encouraging people to think green.
"I was able to help others when they needed help and I was able to go around and make sure everything was together and working," Wooden said. "I just think it was an awesome experience."
Wooden and his crew helped stack pallets full electronics. Some laptops, fax machines, and cell phones donated were brand new.
Several pallets of computers and televisions were filled up and loaded on a truck. Event organizers said about 65,000 to 75,000 goods were donated. Some of those items include telephones, keyboards, computer screens, and televisions.
Brenda Blackshear, Career Coordinator with Dougherty High School, said the green service project teaches students business skills.
"I'm just ecstatic about it. Especially for young people and teaching them to give back to the community and understand what a service project is," Blackshear said. "It's not always sitting behind an air-conditioned desk."
Students and event organizers worked in the hot sun from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. helping people who were recycling, packaging the electronics, and cleaning up afterwards. But in the end, everyone said they were more than happy to help keep Albany "green".
"We know what we're doing in the community is beneficial now and in the long run, especially recycling," noted Wooden.
The electronics will be taken to Atlanta to be made into other products. "Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful" said electronics contribute up to 70 percent of toxins found in landfills.