County Experts Detail Value, Dangers, and Proper Handling of Everyday Technology Waste

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

As part of Audio Visual Services commitment to a greener lifestyle, the department hosted Going Green in a Technological Age: Waste Reduction and Energy Conservation, a presentation by Jerry Zona and Megan Gahring about responsible electronic purchasing and recycling on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Witherspoon Lakeview in McKelvey Campus Center. Westminster administrators, faculty, retirees, and students attended the event.

Zona and Gahring represented Lawrence & Mercer County Solid Waste & Recycling. Their presentation included alarming statistics on the world tech-trash problem as well as a demonstration on how much recyclable material and toxic components reside in commonly used products. At one point, the pair dismantled an old TV to further illustrate their message.

"My favorite part of the presentation was when Jerry and Megan talked about how much toxic, recyclable material is in everyday products," said AV Technical Support Manager Jake Brown. "It's disappointing to know that in this day and age, people think that it's okay to throw away these hazardous materials without a thought about how it impacts the environment we all live in."

Pennsylvania has responded to careless habits by passing a law that says as of January, 2013, it will be illegal to put electronics out with the trash.

An E-Recycling drive will be taking place on Saturday, October 20 to aid Westminster students and faculty, as well as members of the community and surrounding counties in responsibly recycling their electronics. Please bring recyclables to the Hoyt loading dock if interested.

All AV Week events are free and open to the public. Please contact AV Services by email at or by phone at 724-946-7188 for more information.

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Jerry Zona and Megan Gahring, from the Lawrence & Mercer County Solid Waste & Recycling Office.

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Jerry Zona explains how our waste stream has changed dramatically in the last 3 decades.

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Something as common as a home thermostat has significant amounts of precious but lethal metals like mercury - several times more than common CFL light bulbs.