eCycling and hard drive smashing

For information, contact Diane Shingledecker

Hard drive smash success!

On Feb 25, 2015 we had over 20 students, instructors, and staff smashed 234 hard drives and collected 152 other computer items for responsible eCycling. That's approximately 351 lbs of hard drives that were saved from the waste stream, and a whole lot of data that won't be available for identity theft. What a rewarding two hours!

Meet the machines

Here are the hard drive smashing machines, created by PCC's very own engineering students.

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eCycling in the library

ecycle bins under stairs in library

We will be eCycling this fall with two Total Reclaim bins! Bring your old computer stuff and have it responsibly recycled by Total Reclaim.

Where:
PCC Sylvania Library. Two self-service plastic bins located under the main stairs on the first floor.
When:
Winter term during regular Sylvania Library hours.
What:
  • Hard drives
  • Towers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Monitors
  • Mice
  • Disks
  • Scanners
Please do not bring:
  • TVs
  • Cell phones

Why eCycle?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing part of our country's waste stream. Electronics contain both re-usable materials and hazardous waste: dismantling them requires proper facilities and worker protection. However, most electronic waste has been shipped illegally to third world countries, where it is broken down by unprotected workers, poisoning their food and water.

Resources to learn more about eCycling

High-Tech Trash, National Geographic - Article focusing on a city in Ghana and the effect e-waste has had on its environment and economy.
The Electronic Wasteland, 60 Minutes - News exposè on electronics "recycling" companies and the Chinese villages they ship their waste to.