AV Services Spring E-recycling Drive Sets New Record

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Green AV, a volunteer division of Westminster College Audio Visual Services, received 13,133 pounds of recycled electronics at their most recent E-recycling drive on April 20, 2013 at the Hoyt Science Center Loading Dock, slightly besting their previous record drive in spring of 2012 and bringing the total weight of recycled e-waste from the bi-annual drives to over 70,000 pounds.

Audio Visual Services collaborated with A Greenspan, a Pittsburgh based recycler that only uses E-Steward  contractors to make it possible for the Westminster community and surrounding areas to responsibly recycle their used electronics. These materials may include appliances, computers, and televisions that could end up in local landfills or in third world countries without proper oversight. A Greenspan certified that these electronics are being recycled or disposed of within proper guidelines that are beneficial to the community, the ecosystem, and the economy.

As of January 1st, 2013, it became illegal for Pennsylvania residents to place e-waste on the curb along with other trash for roadside pickup. By recycling through E-recycling drives like Westminster College's, patrons are not only being responsible and eco-friendly, but are also keeping in accordance with the new state law.

"It's wonderful that they provide a service like this to the community," said Tom Pryts, a retired educator from Hermitage, PA who brought some materials to the drive. "Most people want to do the right thing, but have no idea what else to do with their stuff," he added.

"E-recycling is a great way to properly dispose of your electronic equipment as well as raise awareness for recycling initiatives," said Green AV leader Erin Sullivan. "I'm very pleased with the outcome of this drive and hope to see even more recycled materials in the future."

Most items are collected and recycled at no cost to consumers, though there can be a small cost for businesses to ensure that items are safely disposed of, all of which goes entirely to the recyclers. AV and Westminster serve to promote and provide both labor and location, but make no money off of these drives.

Plans are underway for the next E-Recycling drive, which will be held on October 19, 2013 at Westminster's Hoyt Science Center loading dock.

Audio Visual also has collaborated with Westminster's Physical Plant, Information Systems, the Chemical Hygiene office and the Sustainability committee to aid campus collection of tech trash so that the school can be compliant with the new state law.

For more information, please contact AV Services by email at avstaff@westminster.edu or by phone at 724-946-7188.


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