Backspace Your E-Waste
July 28, 2017
E-waste, the largest growing form of waste in America, is any electronic device that is discarded by its user. This could range from a broken pair of headphones or an old phone charger to a TV or a microwave.
Only 12.5 percent of old electronics are recycled — 20 to 50 million metric tons end up in landfills worldwide. Many people don’t realize the environmental impact of throwing these items in the trash.
After two years of research and planning, the first official draft of the Sustainability Action Plan was submitted Friday, July 21, to Western President Sabah Randhawa in the hopes of having an official plan agreed upon by the administration before the start of fall quarter.
The plan consists of 10 chapters including transportation, student life, housing, dining, grounds maintenance and waste. The waste chapter of the Sustainability Action Plan touches on e-waste.
However, the options for disposing e-waste on campus are limited. The only place to recycle electronics on campus is a bin tucked away in the Western Associated Students Bookstore.