E-Recycling Drive set for Oct. 20 to cap AV Week Events

Thursday, October 11, 2012

To promote responsible and ethical electronic recycling, Audio Visual Services will hold an E-recycling drive on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9am to 12pm at Westminster College's Hoyt Science Center Loading Dock.

Held twice per year, these drives serve to make recycling used or broken electronics as convenient as possible. Responsibly disposing of these items keeps them from landfills or shipment of them to third world countries, both of which negatively affect the environment and health of the people who live there. Toxic substances - documented to connect with various severe health problems and learning disabilities - can quickly breakdown and leak into food and drinking water when not safely processed.

This will be the 7th such recycling event held by AV. To date, over 45,000 lbs. of outdated technology has been recycled at Westminster through these drives.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made it easier for consumers to recycle old technology. The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), under the Producer Responsibility Law (HB 708), makes select items free to recycle for consumers. Please note: Fees still apply to businesses and organizations. (All monies go directly to the recycler. Westminster College provides the drop off location and Audio Visual Services provides volunteer labor for these drives. No money is retained by the College.)

Covered materials, as laid out by this act, refers to the following:

  •   Laptop and desktop computers
  •   Computer monitors
  •   Computer printers
  •   Computer 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 4 inches diagonally

By recycling through such certified e-recycling drives, patrons are not only being responsible, but also keeping in line with state law. A new law effective January of 2013 makes it illegal for citizens of Pennsylvania to place their electronics outside with the trash for roadside pickup.

An E-Steward or R-2 certified recycler ensures that materials are disposed of properly, and not buried in landfills or exported to countries where workers are paid low wages and the infrastructure and legal framework is too weak to protect the environment, workers and communities.

Used computers and monitors, gaming systems, microwaves, televisions, and various other expired technology will be responsibly recycled by Sims Recycling Solutions, a certified R2 recycler, through affiliation with A GreenSpan, Inc., a computer recycler and hauler out of Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information on the PA act and what will be recycled free of charge, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com/legislation-pennsylvania.aspx or contact A GreenSpan at (866) 904-7726 or admin@agreenspan.org. For details on the E-Recycling Drive, contact AV Services at (724) 946-7188, avstaff@westminster.edu, or visit our Green AV website.

The October e-recycling drive is the last of a string of special events that comprise Westminster College's AV WEEK celebration.


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