SAIT e-cycling: Where old cell phones go to die

SAIT and SAITSA did their part in saving the environment during Alberta Waste Reduction Week by hosting an electronics recycling round-up called the Electronics Drive.

Alberta Waste Reduction Week happened Oct. 21-25th.

During the Electronics Drive broken or old electronics were dropped off in bins at the Aldred Centre or at SAIT Residence for collection during the week. Disused cellphones, laptops, monitors, and computers could be placed in the bin.

SAITSA vice-president Amanda Hanna was thrilled to take this on as her first duty in office.

“We have a good turn out so far,” said Hanna, early in the week.

“It could be better, but we’ll see how it goes during the week. We’re looking to get as many electronics as possible.”

The goal of the drive was to raise awareness about electronics recycling.

Certain electronics need to be disposed of in a special way. The filaments they contain can be toxic and unsafe not only for the land and environment, but for human beings as well.

We have a good turn out so far. It could be better, but we’ll see how it goes during the week. – Amanda Hanna

People were aware of the Electronics Drive on campus and did their part to create a better, healthier environment.

At the end of the drive on Friday, Oct. 25, CSI Electronics Processing Centre gave a demonstration on campus with a recycling vehicle that shredded the electronics in a safe environment.

For more information on the drive and how it went, check out SAITSA’s website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Lea Pham worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.