Lancer Media sponsors E-waste drive: electronic trash contributes to dangerous pollution


by Amanda Anderson

by Victoria Rock, Reporter

What is one of the main causes of climate change?

If you said, “electric power,” you are correct.

Just think about how many devices you have at home, even the ones you don’t use. All of our devices run in the background without us being aware, and these devices use electricity every single day.  The plants that run this electricity cause carbon emissions.

Then, when you throw these devices away, they go to the landfill. At the landfill they aren’t recycled, and they cause environmental disruption. When companies destroy the e-waste the improper way, the combustion from burning the waste is emitted into the air, causing toxic pollution.  The heavy metals in the ground also spoil our drinking water and ruin the environment.

Obviously this pollution needs to stop… but how?  We all know how to recycle paper, glass and plastic, but recycling e-waste is just as important!

Recycling e-waste is critical and that’s why here at our school Lancer Media is sponsoring an E-Waste Drive. This drive will start December 15, 2016 and end January 15, 2017.

What can you recycle?

All items that will be accepted:

Computer equipment:

  • CPUs
  • Keyboards
  • Circuit boards
  • Servers
  • Mice
  • Power supplies
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • Hard drives
  • CDs
  • Floppy disks
  • Tapes
  • Cables & wire
  • Modems
  • Printer
  • Routers

Communications equipment:

  • Cell phones
  • Phone accessories
  • Telephones
  • Audio devices
  • Answering machines

Office equipment:

  • Copiers & fax machines
  • Overhead projectors
  • Shredders
  • Printers & scanners
  • Calculators
  • Toner cartridges

Personal electronics:

  • Compact disc players
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • VCRs
  • Camcorders & cameras
  • DVD players
  • Cable boxes
  • Electronic games
  • Tape players

Other Items:

  • Microscopes

All items that will NOT be accepted:

  • Appliances
  • Car batteries
  • Any units with sludge or liquids
  • Items containing mercury
  • Items that may pose a health hazard
  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Microwaves
  • Other items e-end deems unacceptable for electronic recycling

Where can you recycle your e-waste?

Here at school we set up boxes in the main office, Lancer Media room (Room C203), media center, and in student services.

E-End Recycling Center will be collecting all of the e-waste we collect from LHS. E-End provides electronic recycling and data sanitation. If you have any questions about e-waste you may contact E-End. If you have any questions about our e-waste drive feel free to contact The Lance.