Maricopa High School's 24PinTech repairs and refurbishes tech devices. They are asking Maricopans to donate old tech they no longer need at a recycle event Saturday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

It’s a great time to get rid of your old devices. The information technologies program at Maricopa High School is hosting its annual technology recycle day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Lucas Dial, a service technician in the department’s student-run 24PinTech, said the program is again partnering with Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZStRUT). They welcome all tech materials except “large old-style CRT monitors,” printer ink and toner or other hazardous materials.

Most of the donated devices will be put to use in the information tech program on campus once they are refurbished by the students. Anything that cannot be used at MHS will go to AZStRUT, which then donates the equipment to schools and nonprofits.

The tech students it’s a taste of real-life tech support employment.

“We get experience talking to people and refurbishing equipment,” Dial said. “We’ve written up procedures for it.”

Students and teachers can use 24PinTech to repair their devices free of charge. The program, comprised of juniors and seniors with IT certification, charges only for any needed parts. The instructor and advisor for the program is Brad Chamberlain.

Anyone wishing to recycle old tech Saturday can follow the signs from the office (45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.) to the teachers’ parking lot.

Lucas Dial is a certified service technician for 24PinTech.

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