AV Services Holds Most Successful E-Recycling Drive to Date

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Westminster College's Audio Visual Services hosted an electronics recycling drive Oct. 29 that collected over 11,000 pounds of expired or unused technology, making it the most successful of the five drives held and bringing the total collection to more than 32,000 pounds.

Participants paid a small fee to drop off appliances, televisions, computers, gaming systems, and other outdated technology for responsible disposal by A GreenSpan Computer Recycling, Inc., a certified E-Steward recycler from Pittsburgh.  The E-Steward certification identifies recyclers that responsibly reuse and/or safely break down the items within North America.  The fees collected help cover that expense.  Westminster provides the drop-off site, volunteers its services, and retains no money from the fees.

AV Services Director Gary Swanson, Assistant Director Katie Bittner, and staff members volunteered to assist with unloading the collected items.

"I can't say enough great things about our staff," Swanson said.  "These students understand that discarding technology isn't something that should be done carelessly and often requires a great deal of effort to do it responsibly.  They have taken it upon themselves to make it easier for others by coordinating drives like this, giving up their time, and convincing me that they're having a great time in the cold and rain instead of sleeping in."

Swanson applauded the efforts of Green AV Team, a subcommittee of staff members that manages the department's environmental initiatives and coordinates the recycling drives.  The team is already planning the next drive, scheduled for April 21.

Contact Swanson at (724) 946-7188 (email) or click here for additional information on the recycling drive, battery recycling program, used equipment hand-off, and other green initiatives.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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