Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:59:00 CST — by: Nick Cookson
Although Sewanee has been recycling electronic waste (e-waste) for years through The Office of Technology Access and Support (TAS), Youjin Sung (C ‘21) a Sustainability Fellow, has recently created the University’s first public e-waste policy. E-waste consists of discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and even refrigerators—just to name a few.
E-waste contributes between 20-50 million metric tons of waste annually across the globe. In North America alone, Americans toss over $60 million worth of gold and silver each year when they throw their old phones into the trash. Sewanee is committed to recycling, or reusing, all of the e-waste purchased for faculty and staff and, through the efforts of Youjin and the Technology Helpdesk Administrator Kelly Andy, TAS will begin collecting student e-waste at designated collection locations in each residence hall.
In conjunction with this new service, Sewanee’s very own Environmental Residents (ER) will be responsible for collecting the e-waste and transferring it to a centralized location. Additionally, should students have further questions as to what can be recycled, please do not hesitate to reach out the OESS, or your resident ER!