E-recycling Drive set for April 20th at Westminster College

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Westminster's Audio Visual department will host its 8th biannual E-Recycling Drive on Saturday, April 20th from 9 am-noon at the Hoyt Science Resources Center Loading Dock. Through the signing of House Bill #708, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), Pennsylvania has made it easier for consumers to recycle old technology. In addition, as of January, 2013, Pennsylvania law makes it illegal for certain technology items to be placed on the curb to be thrown away. (Please note: Fees still apply to businesses and organizations.)

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

Manufacturers of "covered materials", according to the act, must establish a recycling plan with a recycler certified by the R2 or E-Steward programs. These certification programs assure that materials entrusted to them are disposed of properly, not put in landfills or shipped overseas to third world countries. Used computers and monitors, gaming systems, microwaves, televisions, and various other expired technologies will be responsibly recycled by We Recycle, a certified E-Steward recycler, through affiliation with A GreenSpan, Inc., a computer recycler out of Pittsburgh, Pa. A GreenSpan will also provide labor and transportation for the event. Those items not considered "covered" still require a small fee for processing.

"Technology becomes outdated at an alarmingly fast pace, and knowing what to do responsibly with obsolete tech can be difficult," said Erin Sullivan, Assistant Equipment Circulation Manager and Green AV member. "These E-Recycling Drives make it convenient for the college and surrounding community to recycle their older technology in a safe and effective manner."

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.

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.

To date, over 57,000 pounds of outdated technology has been recycled responsibly through the Westminster AV drives. Doing so diverts it from landfills where various toxic substances can quickly breakdown and leak into food and drinking water. These substances have been documented to connect to various severe health problems and learning disabilities.

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 by visiting our Green AV website.

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Any technology with a cord or battery will be collected at the drive.

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