E-recycling drive nets over 10,000 pounds of outdated electronics

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, May 7th, AV Services held what proved to be their most successful Electronic Recycling Drive to date. Over 10,000 pounds of appliances, computers, televisions and more were disposed of safely by A Greenspan, Inc, nearly outpacing the tonnage of electronics collected over the three previous drives combined. Not a lull ensued between the hours of nine and noon, as over 80 vehicles came three to four at a time from Lawrence and Mercer County.

"Much of this success was due to the terrific promotion by Westminster's Communication department and the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which was picked up by the local media. Sparking word of mouth reaches members of the community who are searching for initiatives such as this," said Kelly Matune, AV Services PR Manager.

Attendees of the drive could enter to win one of three prize packages in appreciation for their conscientiousness and generosity. A $35 gift card to Sheetz, won by A. Dwight Castro, a $35 gift card to Springfield Restaurant Group, won by Jim Minteer, and a summer fun prize package, won by Ralph Hawkins, were available. Both gift cards were donated by the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning.

AV director, Gary Swanson and staff members Kyle Bruinooge, Erin Sullivan, Kate Altman, Rachael Hoffman, Nicole Jodikinos, Holly Penco, Katie Farley, Jacob Brown and Kelly Matune, all volunteered to work the event and assisted in the unloading and moving of collection materials.  "I can't say enough great things about our staff," Swanson grinned. "These students understand that discarding technology isn't something that can be done carelessly, and that it 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 sweating instead of sleeping in." 

Swanson also applauded the Green AV team, a subcommittee of staff members that manages the environmental initiatives of the department, consisting of Rachael Hoffman, Katie Farley, Erin Sullivan, Nicole Jodikinos, and Kelly Matune. This group coordinated the drive over the past six months, and is currently working on the next one slated for October, 2011.

Those in attendance expressed great appreciation for the existence of this environmentally-conscious and convenient tradition. "I've been looking for something like this for a long time," stated one unidentified New Castle area man, a thought echoed regularly throughout the three-hour drive.

Held biannually, this marks the 4th recycling event held by AV. Used technology items are responsibly recycled by A GreenSpan, a certified E-Steward recycler from Pittsburgh, PA. The E-Steward certification enables individuals and organizations who dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection, and that they keep materials in North America. Westminster College provides the drop off location and Audio Visual Services provides volunteer labor for these drives. No money is retained by the College. To date, over 21,000 pounds of electronics have been saved from local landfills.

For more information on the recycling drive or details on AV's other environmental initiatives, such as the battery recycling program or the used equipment hand-off, visit the "Think Green" section of the AV website, or contact Gary Swanson at avstaff@westminster.edu.

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Over 21,000 pounds of electronics have been diverted from landfills

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Traffic was continuous throughout the 3 hour drive.

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Erin Sullivan stacks monitors for recycling.

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Gary Swanson and Kyle Bruinooge team up on an old TV.

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The drive exceeded expectations, requiring a second truck to haul away items.