SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 8, 2019 – As you embark on “spring cleaning” season, empty your closets, garages, and storage units for a cause. Computers 2 Kids, San Diego (C2K), Cox Communications, and the City of Chula Vista will host an e-waste recycling drive and prescription drug take back event on April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s Public Works Center. Chula Vista residents are encouraged to bring any working and non-working technology devices to be refurbished and recycled by C2K. Many of the electronics are then repackaged and distributed to San Diego County families who qualify.
Computers 2 Kids, San Diego and other local organizations work to bridge the digital divide
Held in conjunction with Earth Day 2019 (Monday, April 22, 2019), event organizers and community partners, including Chula Vista Police and San Diego County DEA, Green Hat Electronics, NBC 7 San Diego, and Telemundo 20 San Diego, encourage conservation and responsible technology recycling to help bridge the “digital divide” that remains a real challenge for many in our community.
“It’s clear the fast pace world of technology innovation provides today’s users with more powerful systems at lower prices. However, when we upgrade a device, we’re left with a version that no longer meets our needs. Rather than throw it away or have it collect dust, C2K can refurbish your donation to meet the needs of today’s students enrolled in programs like Connect2Compete,” says Cherí Pierre, CEO, C2K. In 2018, C2K distributed over 24,000 computers, impacting more than 97,000 children and their families. This year, C2K aims to distribute over 26,000 computers to benefit more than 100,000 children and their families in San Diego County.
Connect2Compete helps underprivileged San Diego students succeed at home and school
While it may seem that every teen or tween has a digital device with consistent and reliable access to the Internet, as well as tools they need to excel at schoolwork at home and on the go, but that is simply not the case. According to Pew Research, nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because they do not have reliable access to a computer or internet connection. But through collaboration programs like Cox Communications’ “Connect2Compete” and C2K, more local families who qualify can have access to the technology devices, technical support, and low-cost, home high-speed internet access they need to better focus on their school work and research, reaching their full potential. San Diego County residents can connect with Cox to learn more about the Connect2Compete initiative’s qualification guidelines and installation details.
The following technology devices will be accepted at the April 27 collection drive:
- Gaming systems
- Software and hardware
- Cell phones and land phones
- Fax machines
- Printers, copiers and scanners
- Ink and toner cartridges (new)
- Televisions, VCRs, and DVRs
- Radios, stereo equipment, speakers and miscellaneous cords
“Earth Day is the perfect time to come together to not only support local families in need, but also the environment,” says Pierre. “This e-waste drive is an opportunity to teach the next generation responsible technology recycling and the importance of giving back to those in need.”
Public asked to dispose of unused, expired medications
Organizers of the collection event and representatives of the Chula Vista Police Department and San Diego County DEA also encourages the public to drop-off expired or unused prescription medications – no questions asked. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted.
Event Calendar Details
Technology Collection Drive and Prescription Take Back Event
Hosted by Computers2Kids, San Diego and City of Chula Vista
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
City of Chula Vista’s Public Works Yard
1800 Maxwell Road, Chula Vista, CA 91911
More information: c2sdk.org or call 858-200-9787
About Computers 2 Kids, San Diego
Since 2004, Computers 2 Kids, San Diego (C2K) has impacted more than 389,000 children and their families in San Diego. With the support of technology donations, the organization refurbishes computer systems and loads them with up-to-date operating systems, software and educational programs, and provides them to underprivileged families around San Diego County. Above all, C2K believes all children and their families in San Diego, regardless of their economic status, need to be computer literate and have equal access to technology. Additionally, C2K also provides education, training and technical support to help students achieve success. Connect with C2K on Facebook, Twitter and at www.c2sdk.org.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For 10 years, Cox has been recognized as a best operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 13 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.