OWU Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Lydia Hoefel and Chris Demecs
Description: The Electronic Waste Recycling project is a continuation of a previously started project from last school year’s Cell Phone Recycling Program (CPR) ran by Tim Schmidt. The school has an electronic waste program, but before this project began there was no largely advertised program to collect electronic waste from OWU students, especially pertaining to the residential side of campus. The original program, achieved attaining lockable receptacles that were supposed to be strategically placed across campus. The problem with these receptacles is that, even though they are located throughout campus, most students are not aware of their presence, nor are they aware of any efforts by Ohio Wesleyan students or staff to properly recycle electronic waste.
Across the world, there are millions of tons of electronic waste produced each year. This electronic waste is mainly produced in developed countries and sent overseas and dumped in many underdeveloped nations in Africa andAsia. Lydia Hoefel and Chris Demecs have several goals, one being to inform the OWU community of the problems and dangers of improperly disposing of electronic waste, and how the OWU community can dispose of our electronic waste properly.
As of now, there are currently several e-waste cell-phone recycling receptacles, but they are not used as they are intended, but rather as trash or regular recycling receptacles.Lydiaand Chris will be going around campus and collecting all of the receptacles, cleaning them out and revamping them so they are more easily identified as electronic waste receptacles and not confused with anything else. The receptacles need to be more noticeable in order for them to actually fulfill their purpose. They are also going to place more of an emphasis on the residential side of campus rather than the academic side. Sean Kinghorn, the sustainability coordinator of Ohio Wesleyan, as well as Information Services already have minor electronic waste recycling programs on the academic side of campus involving communicating with staff and faculty about what equipment and electronic waste can and cannot be recycled.
In order to raise awareness of electronic waste recycling, Chris andLydiawill be creating pamphlets with pertinent information about the benefits of electronic waste recycling and will be tabling at HamWill during lunch hours to inform the student body about electronic waste, and ways to responsibly recycle electronic waste on campus. Along with the pamphlets they will create a facebook page dedicated to the Ohio Wesleyan University Electronic Waste Program. This page along with the pamphlets and tabling will server to promote the electronic waste drives that are to be held tentatively on Earth Day which is on April 2, 2012 and during student move out at the end of the year. By observing Tim’s previous attempts at recycling electronic waste as well as through researching other electronic waste recycling programs at other universities, the Electronic Waste Recycling program aspires to be a socially and environmentally conscious program at Ohio Wesleyan that looks to be successfully continued in the years to come.
Lydia and Chris will create a Facebook page to advertise our events as well as spread information about electronic waste recycling and the detrimental effects of dumping electronic waste instead of recycling. Then, they will visit electronic waste recycling facilities to see how they are managed and what actually happens to the waste. The next step is to create pamphlets to hand out to the OWU community while tabling at Hamwil. After that, they will create posters to promote the drive that is scheduled tentatively for Earth Day 2012. The receptacles will be revamped in order to make them more noticeable to the student body. The plan is to have at least one receptacle done by the first day of tabling to have it on display and start putting the image into students’ heads so they will know what to look for when they decide to recycle their electronic waste. The Electronic Waste Recycling Project will also help sort the electronics received by the end of the year move-out collection project, so that future students who recycle electronic waste/ participate in the end of the year move out project will know what is appropriate to be reused, or recycled at designated electronic waste recycling facilities.
Sean Kinghorn, Sustainability Coordinator of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Sean has so far been a great asset to this project. Sean has been working on researching the recycling plants, and checking on their current certifications to investigate exactly where electronic recycled waste goes. He also has provided information regarding recycling on campus, and has connected the electronic waste recycling program to the end of the year move-out collection.
Sarah D’Alexander, Ohio Wesleyan Student Proposing an End of the Year Waste Collection Program
Sarah is involved in the end of the year move-out collection, aspiring to collect recyclable and reusable goods from the residential side of campus. As a final step to the electronic waste recycling program, the program plans to coordinate with the end of the year move out to collect any remaining electronic waste left on campus, or improperly disposed of by Ohio Wesleyan students.
Possitivity Recycling Center. http://www.possitivity.com/index.php. 2/29/2012.
Possitivity Recycling Center is located in Dublin, Ohio and is one of the current providers of an electronic waste recycling program to Ohio Wesleyan University. Most recyclable goods are free of charge to recycle; however, there are some goods, which actually cost the university to recycle. This is important to keep in mind when considering the amount of electronic waste that could be potentially in the dorms on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus.
Sims Bros., Inc. Recycling and Scrap Processing. http://www.simsbros.com/. 2/29/2012.
Sims Bros. Inc. is also a recycling center in Delaware, Ohio. Last year, Sims was able to provide Ohio Wesleyan with recycling services free of charge.
Outsmart Waste. http://www.terracycle.net/en-US/. 2/29/2012.
Outsmart Waste is a source that Tim Schmidt mentioned in his cell phone recycling program. Outsmart waste is a program in New Jersey (Ironically) that has created a national recycling system that looks to get rid of the idea of “waste.” As philosophical as Outsmart Waste sounds, it actually claims to, “eliminate the idea of waste,” being able to recycle items classified as non-recyclable.
Developmental Neurotoxicants in E-Waste: An Emerging Health Concern
Aimin Chen, Kim N. Dietrich, Xia Huo and Shuk-mei Ho
Environmental Health Perspectives , Vol. 119, No. 4 (APRIL 2011), pp. 431-438
Published by: Brogan & Partners
Article Stable URL: http://0-www.jstor.org.dewey2.library.denison.edu/stable/41203250 The health concerns involved in recycling/ dumping electronic waste in landfills is a very vital cause to the electronic waste recycling project. The project outlines to inform the University community about the downsides to electronic waste and practical ways in avoiding these downfalls.
Schmidt, Tim. “OWU Cellphone Recycling Program.” Environmental Geography WordPress. N.p., Jan.
2012. Web. 29 Feb. 2012.
Tim Schmidt’s cellphone recycling program acts as a prototype to the electronic waste recycling program. Through Tim’s program the electronic waste project has so far realized that just implementing bins for recycling on campus is not a particularly effective strategy for dealing with the problems of electronic waste.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. N.p., 2012. Web. 29 Feb. 2012.
This association will be helpful in referencing colleges with similar recycling programs. The site acts as a large intermediary organization that records and connects multiple universities to different sustainability projects.
Recycling E-Waste. Tulane University , 2011. Web. 29 Feb. 2012.
Tulane University in Louisiana has implemented an electronic waste recycling program. The Ohio Wesleyan Recycling Program will reference Tulane’s recycling project.
Elimination of the Hazards from Hazardous Wastes. Earnest F. Gloyna and Ronald D. Taylor
Environmental Health Perspectives , Vol. 27, (Dec., 1978), pp. 323-335Published by: Brogan &
Partners Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3428894
The Environmental Health Perspectives Journal offers several informational sources regarding the negative effects of hazardous waste. This information will be used in print and web media in the public awareness section of the Electronic Waste Recycling Project.