Sherwood Park, A.B. — Four schools within Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are being honoured on March 2 and March 9 for their efforts in the recent Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) E-Waste Collection Challenge, an innovative green initiative aimed at promoting the recycling of e-waste and the importance of preventing its disposal in area landfills.

This fall, EIPS, GEEP, and the Alberta Recycling Management Authority teamed up and challenged schools throughout the Division to collect as much e-waste as possible. And, that’s exactly what they did. In total, EIPS schools collected more than 40,500 pounds (and more than 1,000 items) of end-of-life electronics, which included computers, monitors, printers, televisions, and a range of other products.

“Alberta Recycling is proud to be a sponsor of the project and witness these four schools rise to the challenge, along with all the other schools that participated,” says Bob Barss, the chair of Alberta Recycling. “All of these students, and the staff that helped them, made a tremendous effort to bring in their old electronics that can now be recycled into new and useful products and will help preserve our environment.”

A big congratulations goes out to Bruderheim School (No. 1) and Andrew School (No. 2), which collected the most e-waste for the Vegreville, Strathcona, and Lamont Counties region. And, to Mills Haven Elementary (No. 1) and Salisbury Composite High (No. 2), which collected the most e-waste for the Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan region. The top two schools will each receive cheques for $3,000 and the two runner-up schools will each receive cheques for $2,000—for a total of $10,000.

Each school will be presented with their award, provided by the province’s Electronics Recycling Program, at an upcoming e-Waste Recycling Challenge award presentation (see below for more details).

Representatives of the media, parents, and community members are invited to attend the e-Waste Recycling Challenge award presentation. Attendees will include representatives from EIPS Board of Trustees and senior administration, GEEP, Alberta Recycling, and the staff and students at each school. After the presentation there will be a photo opportunity.

DETAILS:

Mills Haven Elementary
Location: Gymnasium
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.    

Salisbury Composite High
Location: Library
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Andrew School
Location: Common area
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Bruderheim School
Location: Gymnasium
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

NOTE: The principal has the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for you co-operation in this matter, and for joining us.

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Download the complete news release.

 

For more information contact:
Karen Baranec, Director, Communication Services, 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902

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