Inspiration eWaste-A Global Issue Paper Waste Plastic Pollution

Why CRC?

Before I started this project, I noticed unused computers are being thrown away for garbage collection instead of sending them for recycling program in many subdivisions. This project came to my mind when I saw a computer at one of our neighbored resident garbage collection point. I noticed the same in other neighboring subdivisions a couple of months back. Even at our house we had two unused monitors and one computer. I asked the garbage collection people about what happens after garbage collection. I was told that all collected electronics from garbage collection, including computers, are land-filled. I researched this topic and found many more intriguing facts about it. I found that many companies that offer recycling options aren’t free. At the community level electronics recycling is still a relatively new in many cities. Government plays a key role in the electronics recycling industry by establishing policies and overseeing the activities involved in the recycling process. Unfortunately, only a handful of state and municipal governments are experimenting with ways to keep computers out of the waste stream.

One way to prevent waste and utilize unused items for proper use is by building awareness in the community and try to make use of them (with refurbishing) until those items are no longer for use. Many computers are built in a way that allows them to be repaired or upgraded, which means they can be reused. With little effort, these computers can be as good as the PCs currently on the market. Color cathode ray tubes (CRTs) found in computer monitors fail the hazardous waste characteristic for lead (contain levels of lead that constitute a hazardous waste) and may pose a human health hazard if improperly managed or disposed. Individually, a CRT may contain from 4 to 8 pounds of lead (DEQ). Many of the things we currently throw away could be reused again and again with just a little thought and imagination.

Community Recycling Campaign:
One way to reduce the amount of eWaste that is trashed/ land filled is recycling. Recycling makes a positive contribution to the global conservation of energy and recycling programs are growing across the United States. Recycling is important for social, economic, and environmental reasons. Though many recycling programs are available in cities, but there is always a gap in public awareness on how to best use the recycling programs. One way to close this gap is to continue raise awareness of recycling in the public.

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Project Impact & News:

0. 2015 CRC Ohio Invitational Science Fair on 02-21-2015 .

1. Since 2008, CRC project collected more than 50,000lbs of eWaste (Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, TVs, and thousand pounds of computer peripheral items) and safely redirected for proper recycling.

2. Donated refurbished items to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and more than 1500 recycled bags of clothes to PlanetAid foundation. Shipped 235 boxes of Indian clothes to flood affected areas in AP, India with help of local organizations and in 2009.

3. Total Adopted Schools since 2009: 50 > 2009 -13 Elementary/High schools, 2010- 8 High Schools, 2011- 6 High Schools, 2012-13- 13 High Schools, 2014- 13 High Schools..

4. CRC fund-raised for other charities: (Central Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, UNICEF)

5. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Volvo Adventure- The United Nations Environmental Programme Project Read more details (Select Country-United States, select project 6)

6. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Prudential Spirit State Finalist Read more

7. Community Recycling Campaign project details on the Junior Scholastic, National Magazine, April 2011 Issue Read more

8. Can you help save the earth? Meet five young people who saw problems--and set out to fix them.(Brennan Bird, Jonny Cohen, Diana Lopez, Sachin Rudraraju and Freya Chay Read more

9. A Davidson Young Scholar Making a Difference, In the Spotlight Read more

10. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2008 Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador Program- Read more

11. TechColumbus Innovation Awards Semi-Finalist (2010, 2011) - for Green Innovation and Non-Profit Service Read more

12. Story published in the Columbus Monthly Magazine -2012 Issue

13. E-Waste: Dark Side of Digital Age >> These days, it's often cheaper and more convenient to buy a new PC than to upgrade an old one. But what happens to those old computers once they've been abandoned for newer models? The refuse from discarded electronics products, also known as e-waste, often ends up in landfills or incinerators instead of being recycled. And that means toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury that are commonly used in these products can contaminate the land, water and air.

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