SLC Green Team hopes to spark electronic change

Members of the St. Lawrence College Green Team, from left, are Lee Fullerton, Mesha Boyer, Andrew Couturier, Jacinthe Tremblay, Kaitlyn Brownlee and Lindsey Coons during their launch Jan. 7, 2015. The team is in a three-way contest with the other SLC campuses to collect the most e-waste. (Cornwall Newswatch/Randi Belec)

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – St. Lawrence College’s Green team organized a tri-campus challenge to reduce and recycle electronic waste. The challenge was kicked off Wednesday afternoon with an event hosted in the Cornwall campus Aultsville foyer, which hosted a variety of information booths and guest speakers explaining the dangers of e-waste.

The challenge to collect the most e-waste extends to the three St. Lawrence College campuses – Cornwall, Brockville and Kingston. Students and Cornwall citizens are urged to bring their electronic waste to drop-off bins at the Cornwall campus. The bins will then be brought to the proper recycling facilities.

Working hand in hand with the Green team is Lafleche Environmental, Transition Cornwall and the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. Lafleche is a repacking company that collects and recycles e-waste, working with many different companies and organizations to bring awareness and collect as much waste as possible. Lafleche is the company that will be collecting and replacing the recycle bins placed at the college. For every ton of waste collected by the college they will receive a sum of money.

Mesha Boyer is the elected chairperson for the Green Team, which has 10 members from the environmental technician program at the college. The group was resurrected this year by the program and they have been working since September to create this even and raise awareness about environmental issues.

The goal for today’s event is to “spark everybody’s competitive side and to illustrate why it’s important” said Boyer. “To get more people to realize we are the change that we want to see.”

The Green Team has arranged for gift bags to be given to the first 100 people who bring in electronic waste to be recycled. It hopes to see a large amount of electronics being recycled before the end of the challenge on March 28, 2015.

A few examples of e-waste are televisions, computers, computer monitors, radios, receivers, fans, microwaves, cell phones and pagers, amplifiers, fax machines and speakers.

For more information about this challenge, or electronic waste please contact Lindsey Coons Green Team’s secretary at GreenTeam@sl.on.ca.

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