Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Go Green Electronic Recycling debuts in Hernando County with haunted house food drive

SPRING HILL — A new local company is staging some Halloween frights to fight a real life scare: hunger.

Go Green Electronic Recycling Inc. has a haunted house in its 8,900-square-foot warehouse at 11075 Hearth Road. The public is invited to attend this weekend for the price of a donated can of food — several cans or bulk-size cans are welcome — or a dead electronic device.

The canned goods will be given to Love Your Neighbor, which serves free dinners every Sunday in Brooksville. "They are running out of food and money," said Go Green's board chairman Mike Barbee.

"We, as a new company in Hernando County, have chosen to attempt to collect more food in 48 hours than any other food drive has ever done in this county before," Barbee said. He's envisioning pallet loads.

Barbee, a past president of Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County, remains plugged into the county's social service network. He cited several statistics:

• 25 percent of the county's 173,000 residents get food stamps.

• This year in Hernando County, about 7,000 electric customers had power disconnected and not reinstalled.

• While unnumbered homeless, including whole families, are living in area woods, a small tent camp has taken shape recently behind a supermarket in Brooksville, near the store's garbage bins. Law enforcement is aware of the encampment and is willing to turn a blind eye so long as it remains peaceful.

As for dead electronics, Go Green's job is to keep them out of landfills. Donations of cell phones, computer towers and monitors, cords, keyboards, mouses, fax machines, copiers and transformers will also be accepted as the price of admission to the haunted house. The company's business is to erase all codes and discs and refurbish the electronics to working order.

Cell phones are being sold on a contract with Nigeria. Computers and their accouterments are being revived for lease at a minimal fee to low-income families locally.

A percentage of sales and leases will be donated to Love Your Neighbor and other food charities, Barbee said.

Having purchased Go Green from its four-year establishment in Buffalo, N.Y., Barbee brought the firm to Spring Hill. Over the past two months, it has reconditioned its warehouse to accommodate the business and hired six employees. The haunted house and food drive represent its grand opening, a more significant contribution to the community than a ribbon-cutting, Barbee said.

Beth Gray can be contacted at

>>If you go

Haunted house

Go Green Electronic Recycling Inc.'s haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 11075 Hearth Road behind Sweetbay Supermarket at Mariner and Northcliff boulevards. For more information, call (352) 678-4330.

Go Green Electronic Recycling debuts in Hernando County with haunted house food drive 10/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Observations from a liberal, gay, Latino, feminist Florida House freshman


    State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando,  rocked the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus dinner at Tallahassee's Hotel Duval Satursday night with his unabashedly liberal and passionate take on the myriad issues he said are key to LGBTQ Floridians. Among them: Access to guns, Reproductive rights, home …

    Carlos G. Smith
  2. Delta Sigma Theta honors outgoing national president

    Human Interest

    During her four years as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Paulette Walker said she always focused on the comma between "Sorority" and "Inc."

    Paulette Walker, the former director of undergraduate programs and internship in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, will be honored on Saturday for her leadership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  3. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  4. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion


    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  5. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.