Aspen Middle students mark state tourney win with cable drive Saturday |

Aspen Middle students mark state tourney win with cable drive Saturday

Aspen Middle School students mark state tourney win with cable drive Saturday

Many people will be surprised to know that it is illegal in the state of Colorado to throw away old electronic cables, but what are the alternatives? The Aspen seventh-grade First Lego League team, Trash and Trekreation, is offering the community a one-time recycling opportunity for cables, cords and Christmas lights.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a group of Aspen Middle School seventh-grade students, supported by the city of Aspen and Pitkin County, will host the drive to collect unused electrical cables, cords and Christmas lights. It will take place in the parking lot of the Community Bank, off Mill Street in Aspen.

The Trash and Trekreation group won first prize for innovation in the State Tournament of the First Lego League, an international robotics and engineering competition, for their invention, The Cable Chomper. The Chomper is designed to be a consumer-friendly, reverse-vending machine designed to collect electrical cables (categorized as e-waste). This year’s tournament theme, Trash Trek, asked teams to come up with solutions to solving the problems of trash and recycling.

The team took first place in a regional tournament held in Aspen in November, and then achieved the same result at the Colorado State Tournament, beating out 72 other teams. The judges also awarded them the Global Innovation Prize, making them the state’s only nominee given the opportunity to submit their innovative concept and possibly attend the National Semi Final competition in Washington D.C. in June.

With the help of the city of Aspen and of Pitkin County, all cords and cables collected will be weighed, assessed and responsibly recycled.

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