Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weird Waste Day last Saturday was a huge success! Supportive residents from Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy and beyond came with carloads of Electronic Waste to be recycled. GRinCH helped divert over 16,000 pounds of EWaste which will be dismantled responsibly by EForce Compliance a local recycler. Thanks to our new partnership with Norwood Fontbonne Academy we had a smooth drop off process. And thank you to Joan, Brenda, Lana, Zeta, Linda, Lee, Noreen, Alix and our student volunteers!

 In the vein of recycling, GRinCH is hosting Chestnut Hill's first FreeCycle event! FreeCycling is passing things on "yard sale style" but everything is free! There will be free books, dvd's and cd's.
It will take place on Eco Alley at the Chestnut Hill Garden Festival on Sunday May 6th. Eco Alley is located on West Highland Ave.

 Local contributions of Books, CD's and DVD's (only those three types of items, please) may be dropped off in advance of the event at the Chestnut Hill branch of Valley Green Bank on Thursday or Friday, May 3rd or 4th, between 8am and 6pm or Saturday, May 5th between 9am and 1pm. Valley Green Bank is located at 23 W. High- land Avenue in Chestnut Hill.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weird Waste Day Sat.--RAIN or SHINE!

What: Responsible Electronic Waste Recycling
When: Saturday April 21,2012
Where: Norwood Academy Germantown campus parking lot at 8891 Germantown Ave. Chestnut Hill
Time: 1 pm-4 pm

Suggested donation: $5 to $20 (all proceeds benefit GRinCH and are fully tax deductible)

Friday, April 6, 2012


Rain barrels are storage containers that collect rainwater from downspouts. The water can be used for purposes such as gardening, washing down patio furniture, and lawn watering. They also reduce the flow of water into the sewage stream. We recently learned that the Energy Coordinating Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department are providing free rain barrels to Philadelphia residents at two upcoming workshops next week. The details for each event are below. By attending either workshop you can sign up to receive a free rain barrel, which will be delivered and installed at your home! There's no need to register--you can just show up.

Monday, April 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
at True Light Church, 6400 Ardleigh Street

Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
at Auditorium at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue
(parking available at 36 West Rittenhouse Street)

For questions or additional information, contact Ashley Schmid at 215.844.8100 or

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Items Accepted for Electronics Recycling at Weird Waste Day (no recycling fee)

Desktop Computing

desktops, mini-towers, laptops and handhelds, notebooks, tablets, hard drives


laserjets, deskjets, thermal, dot matrix, line printers, plotters, paper trays


keyboards, mice, power supplies, cables, speakers, external drives, etc.


CRTs, LCDs,WYSE terminals, etc.

Office Equipment

copiers, scanners, fax machines, typewriters

Audio/Video Equipment

tv's and displays, vcr/dvd players, projectors, video and audio conferencing systems, smart/electronic white boards

Mobile Devices

cellular phones, Blackberry/PDAs, pagers

Telecom Equipment

telephones, switches, PBX, voice mail and VoIP systems, voice stations headsets

Storage Equipment

video tapes, audio tapes, CD's tape, hard, thumb flash and zip drives, data backup systems, disk arrays, SAN


mid-range and servers, power conditioning/UPS systems cabinets, relay racks

Networking Equipment

hubs, cables, routers, switches, bridges


microwaves, dehumidifiers, air-conditioners, vacuum cleaners, metals- aluminum, steel, copper, cameras, video games, ipods, iphones, ipads


AC adapters, memory, motherboards, network, sound and video cards, CD/DVD drives

Healthcare Equipment

All non-biohazardous equipment: defibrillators, EKG machines, mobile carts/workstations, patient monitors


currency and coin counters, transaction drawers, check encoders and scanners, receipt printers, ATM machines


POS systems/registers, barcode scanners, receipt and barcode printers, card readers, touch screen monitors

Other Items Accepted for a small charge:

Household batteries--you may recycle up to 2 lbs of batteries at no charge. Each additional lb. will be charged at $0.75/lb.
Florescent bulbs (compact and regular)--you may recycle up to 3 bulbs at no charge. Each additional bulb will be charged at $0.50/bulb