The Port Washington High School robotics team will hold a free electronics recycling collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the student parking lot of the school at 427 W. Jackson St.
Although there is no charge to drop off items, a donation of $5 per item is suggested to support Port PiraTech, which was formed and competed for the first time last school year.
Items that will be accepted include computers, cell phones, stereo equipment, printers, battery backups, toner and ink cartridges, car batteries, CD players, cameras, tablet computers, video game systems, small appliances and flat-panel and glass monitors and TVs no larger than 27 inches.
Large appliances, tube TVs larger than 27 inches and any device containing Freon will not be accepted.
Computers that are dropped off will be donated to Independence First, an organization that helps people with disabilities.
With the help of mentors and the support of area businesses, Port PiraTech members design and build robots to compete in the FIRST Robotics competition. In last year’s contest, the Port High team won a Rookie Inspiration Award.
“The FIRST Robotics program puts a high priority on gracious professionalism and community involvement,” co-captain Dan Gardner said. “While we work to build a robot that will excel in a challenging competition, we are also competing for FIRST’s highest awards, which are reserved for teams that demonstrate community outreach, leadership and teamwork.”
People interested in becoming a mentor or supporting Port PiraTech in other ways can contact the team at