The Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) program has been associated with MCCOG for the last 12 months. During that time, the program has experienced stronger success with increased donations over previous years. During the past year StRUT received almost 400,000 pounds of donated technology including computers, servers, server racks, copiers, printers, fax machines and much more. StRUT works with school districts throughout the state to reuse, refurbish or recycle donated equipment for the benefit of students in member schools. Over 600 computers were loaned to memberships during the 2012-2013 year. The schools will return the computers and other materials to StRUT for end-of-life recycling in the coming years.
In mid-March, Michael Schugt was hired as the StRUT Lead Warehouse Worker. Michael retired from Hogg and Davis in Hood River and he brings with him significant experience in warehouse operations. Michael has taken the lead to improve the overall operations of the warehouse. He will also be the primary truck driver for weekly trips into Portland and throughout the region, dropping off disassembled computer parts and picking up donations from area firms.
On July 1st, Steve King came on board as the StRUT Program Manager. For the past four years, Steve has been running his own shipping business in Portland and prior to that was involved in the video conferencing industry with a large firm in San Francisco. In his own words, Steve has “a passion for re-purposing used materials into first rate current solutions.” He brings to us a strong understanding of technology and professional skills with motivation to serve the youth in our five county region.
StRUT recently began a partnership with The Next Door, Inc. Every other week, young adult clients of NDI come out to help StRUT recycle computers and receive some workforce and technology training. StRUT receives much needed help taking apart end-of-life computers, while NDI clients receive valuable training – It’s a win-win for everyone!
StRUT held its Spring Conference on Friday, May 10th. Sixteen schools attended and participated in staff development. One of the highlights of the conference was a presentation made by a Woodburn Technical Academy student on the adaptive reuse of a medical cart. The cart had been donated to StRUT by the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and the student used it to make a mobile computer station.
During the conference, StRUT distributed 160 re-usable computers with monitors and hard drives to participants. Teachers also had access to a variety of equipment to meet the needs of their programs. StRUT’s supporters/donors also participated by networking and learning what is happening in our local schools.
Computer and technology equipment donations are accepted daily at the StRUT facility located at Petersburg School, 3855 Fifteen Mile Road on the east side of The Dalles. For more information call 541-296-2630 or go online at http://www.strut.orgfor a location map or to arrange for pickups of larger donations.