ReThink: E-Waste Collections in November
Electronics like cell phones, computers, printers, TVs, and a long list of others are commonplace in today’s society. The quick turnover of this technology, such as new cell phone models released each year, push innovation to the limit, but has stark consequences for our waste streams. The United States, for example, produces 3.3 million tons of e-waste each year, compared to the 40 million tons produced globally (GOOD.IS). This waste often has a higher value than most landfill content because of the costly materials from which electronics are manufactured.
This year’s ReThink Your Footprint campaign aims to address the issue of e-waste in the Penn community by hosting E-Waste Collection Days. This organized collection of e-waste every Thursday during ReThink Your Footprint provides the opportunity to drop off unwanted electronics from both homes and offices to be recycled by E-Force Compliance. The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Law School have already hosted such events with great success. The final two collection opportunities will take place on Thursday, November 20th at Silfen Student Study Center in Williams Hall and at Facilities & Real Estate Services Office from 11am-2pm.