E-recycling Event Most Successful To Date!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, October 29th, AV Services held their bi-annual Electronic Recycling Drive as rain mixed with snow fell across the area. An event record of 11,000 pounds of appliances, computers, televisions and more were collected to be recycled safely by A Greenspan, Inc. To date, over 32,000 pounds have been responsibly recycled through these drives.

"We try to make recycling electronics as convenient as possible, and we were pleased with the outcome of cars, despite the inclement weather that day," said Kelly Matune, AV Services PR Manager.

Attendees of the drive could enter to win one of two prize packages in appreciation for their conscientiousness of this initiative.  Mary Pitman, Secretary for Westminster's Chemistry and Physics departments won a $25 gift card to Sheetz, which was generously donated by the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning, who also helped with promotion of the drive.  Anne Dale, a local resident won an AV prize package of donated items.

AV director, Gary Swanson, assistant director, Katie Bittner, and staff members Kyle Bruinooge, Erin Sullivan, Kate Altman, Brad Steward, Nicole Jodikinos, Katie Farley, Jacob Brown and Kelly Matune all volunteered to work the event and assist with the unloading and moving of collection materials.

"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 working in the cold and rain when they could be sleeping in."

The Green AV team, a subcommittee of staff members that manages the environmental initiatives of the department, consisting of Katie Farley, Erin Sullivan, Nicole Jodikinos, and Kelly Matune, has coordinated the drive over the past six months, and is currently working on the next one slated for April 21, 2012.

Held biannually, this marks the 5th 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 32,000 pounds of electronics have been saved from local landfills and shipment overseas.

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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AV and A Greenspan staff members sift through collected items.

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AV staff member Nicole Jodikinos can't hide her excitement for the amount of donations.

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AV staffers Brad Steward (L) and Jake Brown (R) team with WC student Mike Coleman.

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AV staffer Kelly Matune explains what happens to the technology.

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This old console stereo system will be broken down to help make new technology.