Reducing toxic landfill waste aim of e-waste collection drive

by | Nov 18, 2016 | News

Kasandra DaSilva


This past week Humber students and staff were able to get rid of their old and used electronics sustainably during E-Waste Collection Week.

The Office of Sustainability teamed up with the department of Information Technology Services to give the Humber community a convenient place to get rid of old electronics such as computers, telephones, answer machines, projectors in a more environmentally friendly way.

Amelia Velasco, coordinator of the E-Waste collection said that their objective is to help students, staff and faculty reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill in any way they can.

“It is important to recycle these items properly as old electronic devices contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, therefore proper processing is essential to ensure that these materials are not released into the environment,” Velasco said.

Not only does recycling old electronics help keep toxins out of our air, but they can also be used towards making brand new products without using as many resources.

Information Technology Services staff member Eric Robertson said that being able to reuse old electronics is very important in helping the environment.

“Instead of recycling them they will just end up sitting in a landfill, where they could have had a second life,” Robertson said.

The Office of Sustainability has organized this event for the last couple of years, and has had plenty of success.

“We actually get a lot of folks asking us when the event will be each year, as they are aware of how bad it can be for the environment,” Velasco said.

Stephanie Baulk, a second year event management student had no clue what to do with her old broken laptop until she heard about the E-Waste collection.

“ I did not just want to throw it away because I knew that some of the parts could be reused, but I had no idea where I could take it until I heard about the collection,” Baulk said.

This year’s E-Waste collection week was just as successful as ones in the past as many old electronics were recycled, which had helped make the environment more sustainable.