Brock community to recycle unplugged waste for Earth Day

Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world with more than 1 billion people participating in eco-friendly activities and events in their respective communities.

Brock University will mark Earth Day (April 22) this year by hosting a weeklong drive to collect unwanted digital clutter and electronic waste for recycling starting Monday.

“Every year, tonnes of e-waste needlessly ends up in landfills,” says Tom Saint-Ivany, chair of Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee and Associate VP of Facilities Management. “Making the effort to recycle these materials is just one of many things that we as a community can do to help our environment.”

Example of an e-waste collection cage

Example of an e-waste collection cage

“We’re asking staff, faculty and students with e-waste, basically anything with a plug,” says Saint-Ivany, “to help pitch in for Earth Day by dropping off their discarded electronics at any of the 15 collection cages that will be set up on campus.”

The campus-wide event ties in with the successful e-waste recycling initiative that takes places annually during residence move out and is now in its second year.

In addition to 12 e-waste cages currently in place near Brock residences (list of locations), three additional cages will be set up to collect unwanted computers, monitors, televisions, microwaves, printers, cell phones, cords and cables.

  • behind the Schmon Tower on the asphalt near the loading dock
  • beside the used clothes bin on Meter Road
  • on the grass near the Mackenzie Chown Complex shipping and receiving area

This initiative is organized by Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee in partnership with Niagara E Waste, a local company that started in 2009 as a business project at Brock.

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