Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Westminster College's Audio Visual Services will host its sixth biannual e-recycling drive Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Hoyt Science Resources Center loading dock.
Recent state legislation, the Covered Device Recycling Act, makes select items free to recycle for individuals. Fees still apply to businesses and organizations and go directly to the recycler to help cover the costs of recycling. Westminster provides the location and volunteer labor for the drive and does not retain any money from the fees.
Covered materials (free to recycle) include:
• Laptop and desktop computers
• Computer monitors, printers, mice
• Any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer
• Televisions with a screen size more than four inches diagonally
According to the act, manufacturers of covered materials must establish a recycling plan with a recycler certified by the R2 or E-Steward programs that assure materials are disposed of properly, not dumped in landfills or shipped to third-world countries.
Items collected at Westminster will be responsibly recycled by We Recycle, a certified E-Steward recycler from New York through affiliation with AGreenspan, Inc., a computer recycler from Pittsburgh that has been involved in the Westminster drive since its inception.
"We try to make it as convenient as possible for consumers to responsibly dispose of their appliances," said Emily Martin, AV Services student assistant.
Martin, a freshman communication studies major, is a daughter of Ronald and Karen Martin of Harmony and a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.
Over 32,000 pounds of outdated technology has been recycled through the previous five Westminster e-recycling drives.
Contact AV Services at (724) 946-7188, email, or visit the Green AV website for additional information. Click here for more information about the Covered Device Recycling Act and what will be recycled free of charge.