Sherwood Park, A.B. — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) have teamed up for the E-Waste Collection Challenge, an innovative green initiative aimed at promoting e-waste awareness among EIPS students.

Many schools throughout EIPS are collecting e-waste—discarded electronics that can be reused, resold, reclaimed, or recycled—throughout the challenge. The schools that collect the most e-waste will win anywhere from $500 to $3,000.

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with GEEP to promote this green initiative,” says Joseph Clark, the director of Learning Services at EIPS. “We encourage all of our families and communities to participate. There is no cost to anyone, everyone can participate, and together we can make a real difference.”

Participating schools across EIPS are collecting a variety of electronic devices including computer equipment, home-entertainment items, smartphones, power tools, and small household appliances—basically anything the size of a microwave or smaller that can be plugged in or is battery-operated. Large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers are excluded from the challenge.

“A growing concern today is how to responsibly process unwanted electronics,” says Clark. “A lot of e-waste is still going into landfills, which can be potentially damaging to our soil, water, and air. We want to help change that. A lot of materials used to build electronics can actually be reused. The E-Waste Collection Challenge addresses this and shows students how to properly dispose of e-waste.”

During the challenge, GEEP will gather all of the e-waste schools collect, document it, and weigh it. Schools that collect the most e-waste—determined by dividing the total weight collected by the total number of students at each school—will win up to $3,000. In total, GEEP will donate $13,500 worth of prizes to EIPS schools throughout the challenge. Winners will be announced in the new year.

A number of schools collected e-waste throughout November, and the collection continues at many others throughout December. For the complete list of EIPS schools collecting e-waste throughout December, download the full news release. Families and community members are invited to drop-off e-waste as outlined above at any of the participating schools during the specified collection period.

About EIPS:
EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 16,900 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn. For more information, visit www.eips.ca.

About GEEP:
Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) is a leader in effectively and responsibly managing the complete lifecycle of electric and electronic assets with a total of ten locations within Canada, the United States, and Costa Rica. GEEP enables the safe and secure reuse of electronics through 100 per cent data erasure and/or destruction of sensitive data and total landfill diversion when products are at their end of life. Through innovative, continuously improving processes, GEEP is able to securely re-purpose and safely recycle the consequences of the electronic age in which we live. To learn more visit www.geepglobal.com.

 

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For more information, please contact:
Joseph Clark, Director, Learning Services 780-417-8173
Karen Baranec, Director, Communication Services 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902

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