Electronic waste (E-waste) is known to be one of the fastest-growing waste streams on the planet. With production of e-waste coming close to 50 million tonnes each year, there is a clear need for action to be taken.
E-waste encompasses all electrical equipment that are either unwanted, broken or even outdated for usage. E-waste contains a list of chemicals that are very harmful to the environment and people including mercury and lead, when mishandled these chemicals can end up in water, air and in our soil.
Take upon this challenge to start cleaning up those old electronic devices laying around in your house and start charging up the world with the energy and precious metals you save!
The 3 Week Battery Challenge has three objectives: Identify, Research and Dispose.
Identify (Week 1):
Identify as many electronics in your home are either unwanted, broken or outdated. There is no need to decide whether you want to dispose of it yet, spend this week identifying as many electronics that can be potentially recycled!
Research (Week 2):
Now that you have identified a list of electronics that you might consider recycling, let’s do some research into them!
Sort out the electronics that you have decided to recycle and record the estimated energy you have saved from the estimations below. Use these numbers in the submission form to submit your impact!
1 laptop saves 40.1 kwh of energy
1 tablet saves 26.47 kwh of energy
1 phone saves 13.23 kwh of energy
1 television saves 53.3 kwh of energy
1 Desktop computer saves 61.5 kwh of energy
NOTE: If the device you want to recycle does not fall under the estimated energy savings above, feel free to find a source and reference on your own (and cite your source in your submission), or email us for help!
If you are looking for locations to drop off electronics on the Western University campus, there are recycling bins on almost every floor in every building on campus. For more information on locations of these bins on campus contact email@example.com or send us an email for specific location information!
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