More than a half dozen young bowlers gathered near old televisions, radios,VCRs and numerous other electronic items. The pile of rubbish no longer had value for the Madera residents who left it in the parking lot of Valley Bowl, but it was definitely worth something for the children and teenagers in the Youth League Bowling program.
The electronic waste they helped unload from trunks of vehicles and haul into two semi-trailer trucks will help them earn money for the group’s scholarship fund. Every year, the youth bowling program awards scholarships to high school juniors and seniors who are part of the program. Last year, the first ever e-waste fundraiser helped a junior and a senior who received $500 each.
Those working in the fundraiser on Saturday also included the adult volunteers who support the youth program. The unwanted electronic hazardous waste is collected by the group and then hauled away in trucks to an electronic recycling plant in Fresno, said Lori Gardner, one of the volunteers.
“The e-waste program is funded through the state, and what we do is take in televisions, old computers, old monitors, VCRs, old phones and things like that and then they load them up on a pallet and take them to a facility in Fresno where they recycle it,” said Gardner...