eCycling in the Library
For information, contact Diane Shingledecker
eCycle drive recap
Our five-week Spring Term eCycle Pilot in the Sylvania library was a success! From May 1 through June 9, 47 donators brought in 654 items to be recycled. These included 29 towers, 7 laptops, 18 monitors, 16 printers, 20 keyboards, 7 mice, and 549(!) miscellaneous items. These donations will now be responsibly recycled by Total Reclaim. During our pilot, students got busy supporting our sustainability efforts on the Sylvania and Cascade campuses in computer, engineering, ESOL, and philosophy classes along with students in the ASPCC, Environmental Center, and the PC4 Computer Club. Faculty/staff came out in force to donate; something they weren’t able to do as easily during our one Saturday in May previous eCycling events.
Thanks everyone who donated, and a special thank you goes out to the library staff for joining forces with us this year and housing our eCycle bins.
Future eCycle drives
We're excited about the possibilities for continuing our eCycling efforts during the 2014-2015 academic year on the Sylvania campus, and we have high hopes of spreading our efforts to a second campus. The wheels are already in motion planning hard-drive smashing events and more for fall term. Here is a sneak peak at the hard drive smashing machines built by our Spring 2014 engineering students:
We aren't collecting Styrofoam in the eCycle Drive this spring, but stay tuned for news about Styrofoam recycling events on the Sylvania campus next fall.
Community-Based Learning is a big part of the eCycle Drive. Student volunteers help design the event, create advertising, analyze collection data, and create reports. Below are some examples of student work created to promote the event.
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.