October AV E-Recycling Drive Nets over 12,000 Pounds of E-waste

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Westminster College Audio Visual Services held their bi-annual E-Recycling drive on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Hoyt Science Center Loading Dock. Patrons donated over 12,000 pounds of electronic waste, bringing the total number of pounds recycled through these drives to over 57,000 pounds.

In a collaboration with A Greenspan, a certified E-Steward, Through their Green AV efforts, Westminster College AV makes it possible for members of the Westminster community and the surrounding counties to responsibly recycle their used electronics, including appliances, computers, and televisions. Without the proper disposal of these items, they could end up in landfills in third world countries, which negatively affects both the environment and health of residents.

A new law, effective January 1, 2013 makes it illegal for citizens of Pennsylvania to place their electronics outside with the trash for roadside pickup. By recycling through the E-recycling drive, patrons are not only being responsible and eco-friendly, but are also keeping in line with state law.

"We were very pleased with the turnout of this fall's E-Recycling Drive," said Assistant PR Manager Emily Moorhead. "It's reassuring to know that the community cares about the environment as much as we do. Hopefully as this law goes into effect, awareness will continue to rise."

There is no cost to consumers for recycling most items, though there may be a small cost for businesses to ensure that items are safely disposed of, all of which goes entirely to the recycler. AV and Westminster serve to promote and provide both labor and location, but make no money off of these drives.

Audio Visual Services is currently looking into collaboration with other college resources to improve the E-Recycling Drive. The AV staff anticipates the next E-Recycling drive, which will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Hoyt Science Center Loading Dock will be even more successful.

Please contact AV Services by email at avstaff@westminster.edu or by phone at 724-946-7188 for more information.

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Consumers brought all shapes and sizes of expired electronics to the drive.