chashama Partners with Bank of America to Present Sculptures Made from Recyclables
In support of Earth Day on April 22, 2015, Bank of
America and chashama unveiled sculptures made of recyclables as part of Bank
of America’s Recycle Now campaign to educate and inspire employees to recycle more
at work. The campaign includes a six-week recycling challenge and the
installation of sculptures created from recyclable materials in several
As part of the New York City market,
Bank of America partnered with chashama to present chandelier sculptures using
recyclables from the daily office waste stream. Using paper, plastic food
containers and plastic bottles, two distinct chandeliers will exist: one lamp
made of plastic and the other lamp made of paper. Created by chashama artist
Christopher Trujillo, the pieces are meant to inspire employees to recycle more
and reduce waste. Throughout the installation, the artist
will be on-site with live art demonstrations, and viewers will be able to see
the installation grow as more paper and plastic chandeliers are installed.
also engaged 10 young members of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem at the
Frederick Douglass Academy to participate in the art-making process of the lamps.
The program allows the students to create a complete chandelier sculpture to add
to the growing installation.
The lamps made from paper are directed to ambitions
for cleaner air and admiration for trees. The plastic chandeliers mimic
crystalline luxury but house live air plants - to evoke at once the essence of
convenience, and the beauty of returning materials for re-use.
The campaign ends in June 5th, and we hope to help the New York market win!
Electronics Collection Event Being Held 9 a.m. to Noon April 11 at DACC
– A free electronics-collection event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11 at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street in Danville.
The event is jointly sponsored by Danville Area Community College, Mervis Industries, the Vermilion County Health Department, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Residents are encouraged to bring their broken, obsolete or unwanted electronic items to the main DACC campus on April 11 so they can be recycled at no cost to residents.
“Even old and broken electronic items have components that can be recycled and reused, and other components that can be toxic,” said Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell. “These products can no longer be taken to landfills in Illinois, so managing them properly is the right thing to do.”
It is now illegal in Illinois for electronic products such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, fax machines and MP3 players to be disposed of in landfills.
On April 11, area residents can bring their household electronic items to DACC for processing. Items accepted include flat screen or LCD televisions, flat screen or LCD monitors, cable/satellite receivers, cell phones and smart phones, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice), computers, printers, copiers, digital converter boxes, DVD players, fax machines, gaming consoles, notebooks (laptops), PDAs, scanners, small servers, VCRs, wire (cords from compliant devices), and zip drives.
The collection will not accept CRT or tube televisions, CRT monitors, projection or wooden set televisions, televisions with broken screens, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, or wooden audio speakers.
“We are happy to work with residents to properly recycle these types of electronics in an environmentally safe and responsible manner,” Michael Mervis, Director of Mervis Industries said. “By doing so, many materials will be reused in the manufacturing of new products and potentially harmful chemicals will be diverted from landfills.”
Mervis Industries accepts electronic items for recycling daily at its Mervis Recycling location at 14 South Henning Road west of Danville.
Andrew Kerins, the Sustainability Instructor at DACC, said that the college was looking to host a special electronics-collection event, and that Mervis Industries officials were eager to be involved.
“Encouraging environmental sustainability is a goal of the college, and we are happy to be part of this event,” said Kerins.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recyclers now recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year, some of which can be converted into raw material for new products.
Some electronics can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and beryllium that must be properly managed to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. But obsolete electronic products can also contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips. ###
Please contact Douglas Toole at 431-2662 ext. 243 if you have any questions.