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EDSS supports environmental efforts

LINDSAY MEWHINEY, For the Independent

Sandra Jardim, a business and ELAWS teacher at Elmira District Secondary School, has been strongly involved in recycling efforts at the school since her arrival at the school in the spring of 2010.  

Each year, she has organized an e-waste collection at the school through Greentec’s Think Recycle program.  

This year, the community collection will run from Oct. 15 to 19, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with extended hours of 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the evening of Oct. 17.  

Greentec provides the school with boxes that the school and community then fill with old and unwanted electronics. After the collection period, Greentec recycles these products in a way that is environmentally responsible, and keeps the waste from contaminating surrounding air, water, or soil.  

When this electronic waste is simply disposed of in landfills, it can take more than 1,000 years to break down and decompose, leeching toxins into the earth in the process.  

However, Greentec does not only recycle the electronics, the company also offers money for each eligible product collected, ranging from 50 cents for every cell phone, to up to five dollars for each laptop computer, to be donated to a cause of the school’s choice.  

However, unacceptable products that are included in the collection will result in an environmental fee, which is deducted from the amount of money the school is given to donate to their cause.  

This year, the funds raised will go towards the school’s “Be the Change” committee’s initiative to build a well in a developing country.  

Jardim also adds that Greentec provides another incentive to recycle properly, “For every 24 qualifying products we collect, Think Recycle will donate money to Tree Canada to plant a brand new tree — without affecting our fundraising money pool.”

However, Jardim would like to see more student involvement in these environmental efforts.

“My wish would have been that this initiative that I am currently heading would have been one a student would have been in charge of — with teacher support, of course.”

For any further information regarding the e-waste community collection, Sandra Jardim can be contacted by email at sandra_jardim@wrdsb.on.ca, or by phone at 519-669-5414.  A full list of acceptable waste items can be found at www.thinkrecycle.com/en/acceptable-products.

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