Debbie Schector signed up for the Planet Green Recycle Program in September 2012 and is raising funds for a great cause. Debbie and her coworkers created a Relay for Life team (Team Semtech) and they collect inkjets, cell phones and other small electronics as a way to raise funds for the annual American Cancer Society Camarillo overnight walk.
The team gathers the inkjets and other electronics throughout the whole year leading up to the Relay for Life walk. Debbie realized that the Planet Green Recycle Program was a perfect fit: her team will raise funds and at the same time help keep electronics out of landfills.
Now let’s get to the full interview:
Planet Green: Tell us how you are working with Planet Green to raise funds for your Relay for Life team?
Debbie: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Camarillo is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. ACS is a non-profit organization that raises much needed funds to spread awareness to save lives from cancer and to provide services to those people fighting cancer. Our team hosts several kinds of fundraisers prior to the big overnight event. We like to vary the types of fundraisers we have, and to find unique ways to raise money without always asking directly for cash.
Each year, our Relay for Life team has a large Electronics recycle event. We gather many cell phones and printer cartridges at that event and we continue to gather those items throughout the rest of the year. We heard about Planet Green our first year and knew that we had to partner with them year round to eliminate unnecessary electronics ending up in our landfills.
Planet Green: What made you want to sign up for the Planet Green Recycle program?
Debbie: Recycling is a way for us to be environmentally friendly. Planet Green was a great way for us to be responsible and to raise money for our American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team.
Planet Green: How have you and your team encouraged others to support your effort?
Debbie: Our Relay for Life team is a corporate team based in Camarillo and the company we work for is very sensitive to being environmentally responsible. We start spreading the word internally at work a few weeks before our big recycle event. We also have an Intranet page that has links to Planet Green to purchase recycled cartridges. Our Relay for Life community has meetings at least once a month during the entire year and we are constantly reminding all the other teams to collect the items.
Planet Green: What advice can you give to other individuals and organizations who are trying to raise funds by recycling?
Debbie: It is super easy to spread the word and gather the items. We find that everyone likes participating in events that help the environment. And even better, we take the money raised and donate it to a worthy cause like the American Cancer Society.
A big thank you to Debbie and her whole Relay for Life team for raising funds for great causes! It really is a win/win and we wish you the best of luck with your recycling and fundraising efforts!
-Team Planet Green Recycle