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Archive for October, 2009

e-Waste Event prize winners

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The lucky individuals who won the prizes that were sponsored by suppliers are listed below the fold. The winners were drawn from the hat. Everybody who deposited e-waste at the stand on Friday 23 Oct and filled in a form entered for the draw. Ninety-five individuals entered and we removed a large trailer full of old electronic equipment with the help of WastePlan. This equipment will be recycled and hazardous waste will be disposed of at a hazardous waste site. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about e-waste on campus and we think that we succeeded in this. (more…)

e-Waste event kicks off – photos

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The campus e-Waste event kicked off at 10 am and things started to happen rapidly. Photos….

Wasteplan guys and the big trailer. More e-waste than we expected...

Wasteplan guys and the big trailer. More e-waste than we expected...

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e-Waste recycling e-vent map Fri 23 Oct

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
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What to do with that broken PC? Bring it to the Rooiplein

Your e-waste earns you entry into a lucky draw for cool gadgets including an ipod, notebook, LCD display, printers, etc.

What is e-Waste?: Old appliances that used electricity e.g. PCs, screens, TVs, electronic devices, cellphones, etc.

Why?: e-Waste contains toxic substances

Where?: Jan Marais Square (Die Rooiplein)

Access?: Via Victoria St., between the Visual Arts and JH Neethling buildings

When?: Friday 23 Oct 2009 between 10h00-15h00

e-Waste e-vent on Stellenbosch campus 23 Oct

Monday, October 19th, 2009

What to do with that broken PC? Bring it to the Rooiplein

Your e-waste earns you entry into a lucky draw for cool gadgets including an ipod, notebook, LCD display, printers, etc.

What is e-Waste?: Old appliances that used electricity e.g. PCs, screens, TVs, electronic devices, cellphones, etc.

Why?: e-Waste contains toxic substances

Where?: Jan Marais Square (Die Rooiplein) – see Map

Access?: Via Victoria St., between the Visual Arts and JH Neethling buildings

When?: Friday 23 Oct 2009 between 10h00-15h00

e-Waste fastest growing waste stream in SA?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Susanne Dittke of EnviroSense sent me an article which she penned for Opportunity Magazine recently. It contains some shockingly interesting numbers which I quote “as is” below:

It should come as no surprise that e-waste is officially now the fastest growing waste stream in South Africa. In larger urban metropoles, it constitutes already 5-8% of the municipal solid waste mix, accumulating at a rate three times that of other more traditional solid waste items such as locally unrecyclable packaging etc.

‘Redundant’ electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) is generated from the rapid advance and uptake of new technology at an ever increasing rate. A recent assessment done in South Africa by the e-Waste Association of South Africa revealed that the combined volume of information technology and office equipment, consumer electronics and white goods that reach consumer markets today, will in five to 10 years swell to a waste avalanche of between one to two million tons per year, with an annual growth rate of between 10%-20%.

With clever marketing ploys and upgrade schemes, cellphone companies could already convince the average South African that a cellphone is hopelessly outdated after two years.