The NCAA and Atlanta Local Organizing Committee kicked off sustainable efforts with an e-waste recycling drive Saturday.
The pair worked hard to make this year's tournament the "greenest" yet by decreasing the event's environmental impact.
An e-waste recycling drive ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Lot at the Georgia Dome.
The ALOC worked in partnership with LGÂ®, Keep Atlanta Beautiful and Creative Recycling Systems to host the e-waste drive.
Many Atlantans took advantage of the event by tossing old and unwanted electronics in an earth-friendly way. They tossed household electronics from outdated computers to home electronics such as televisions CD and DVD players.
The e-waste drive is one of several green initiatives the ALOC is hosting this year, including tree plantings, recyclable materials management, a clothing drive, a bike valet and the purchase of renewable energy credits.
"We want to raise awareness of environmental impact with the local community," said Tim Trefzer, sustainability coordinator for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and sustainability chairman for the ALOC. "One way residents can get involved is by recycling electronics that they no longer use. Locals can donate anything that plugs into a wall, and this will help reduce waste in Atlanta and raise awareness about the importance of sustainability during such a large scale event." Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
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