Staff, faculty and students gathered in the parking lot at Division and Union Streets on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to recycle their e-waste and earn chances to win prizes. Participants were invited to bring e-waste from both work and home, resulting in almost 3.5 metric tonnes being collected at the event in just one day - more than 10% of the roughly 30 metric tonnes of e-waste that Physical Plant Services recycles annually. Recycled items included 2,179 kilograms of computer towers and 590 kilograms of monitors.
The event was organized in partnership with Queen's Sustainability and ITServices as part of GreenFest, a five-day campus-wide event. "This was a great opportunity for the Queen's community to find out more about how to manage their e-waste responsibly", said Nancy Simon, one of the event organizers from ITServices. "It was especially rewarding to partner on this initiative with other campus groups, including Queen's Sustainability, as we set our environmental goals for the future."
Participants enjoyed events such as the "Laptop Toss" and the "Handheld Accuracy Throw". Hard drives were removed onsite and degaussed by the Campus Computer to ensure the privacy of Queen's personal and confidential data.
The Recycle IT Games addressed both Education and Waste Diversion, two of GreenFest's five themes. Prizes for GreenFest were sponsored by the Campus Computer Store and include an iPad. Winners will be announced on March 20. More information on Queen's GreenFest is available on their website.