MAY 2012

Youchange’s electronic collection challenge a success in Arizona schools

YouChange Holdings Corp, a community for electronics collection, e-waste tracking and re-commerce, successfully closed its enrollment for the Earth Day Electronic Collection Challenge for Arizona Schools.

On February 1st, youchange launched its Electronic Collection Challenge in Arizona, with the goal of getting 30 schools to participate in its inaugural event centered on Earth Day 2012. This challenge was designed to help promote the proper disposal of unwanted electronics through the proprietary youchange Recycling Platform. Participating schools are competing for a $2,500 grand prize in addition to the funds raised for the collection of unwanted electronics through youchange. The enrollment period for schools was February 1st through April 20th, but due to an overwhelming demand the enrollment period had to be closed on March 1st.

Youchange executive vice president, Derrick Mains said, “We had an assortment of public, private and charter schools representing more than 13,000 students from all over the Valley. There was so much interest that we literally had to close enrollment early to fulfill the demand. As a result of the program’s success, we have decided to make this collection drive an annual event. We are currently signing up schools for our Back to School contest that will run in the fall of 2012.”

The youchange electronics collection program is designed to work within schools to help educate students on the challenges of electronic waste, all while helping schools raise needed funds. Youchange presents during a school assembly and delivers its e-waste message with the help of “Roger the Robot,” the company’s break dancing mascot.

Students are invited to help their school and the environment by collecting unwanted electronic gadgets from their own closets, and from family and friends. Each school collection drive runs for two weeks and includes a prize for the top class in addition to the grand prize. Items that are collected are processed through the youchange proprietary platform which focuses on the re-commerce, reuse and recycling of electronics. All personal information is removed and the items are either refurbished for resale, or if non-working, they are sent to a youchange certified recycling partner. The schools are paid by youchange whether the items sell or not.