Circuit boards, hard drives, and cell phones - Oh, my! In honor of Earth Week, students in the Rivermont Collegiate Environmental Club are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Drive. Students have collaborated with the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline to bring bins to the Rivermont campus to collect e-waste free of charge for Rivermont students and their families, as well as faculty and staff. Items will be collected all week, beginning Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd. Items that can be recycled include cameras, CD players, computers, copiers, printers, DVD players, keyboards, printers, televisions, cell phones, and more. Students in the Environmental Club have created a fantastic opportunity for members of their school community to dispose of e-waste responsibly, easily, and free of charge! What a terrific (and effective) way to observe Earth Week!
E-waste is a major environmental concern because it contains lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, lithium, and numerous other hazardous materials that may be released into the environment if not properly managed. E-waste also contains valuable resources such as glass, scrap metal, wire, circuit boards, and fluorescent tubes. When equipment is thrown away, these valuable resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution is generated to manufacture new products of virgin materials. Reclaiming these materials helps save both our landfills and our environment.
How can I dispose of e-waste if I'm not a member of the Rivermont Community?
The Waste Commission of Scott County's Electronic Demanufacturing Facility (EDF), located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport, provides residents and businesses an environmentally sound disposal option for e-waste. All material is demanufactured and, to ensure data security, is not refurbished or reused.
ÃƒËœ Bettendorf and Davenport residents that receive curbside collection can put e-waste out as bulky waste on recycling day. This is a service included in the solid waste fee and no call-ins or appointments are required. E-waste collected at the curb is delivered to the EDF.
ÃƒËœ Residents of Scott County can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residential e-waste from Scott County residents is charged at 20 cents per pound for TVs, monitors, and laptops, with all other e-waste being free of charge.
ÃƒËœ Rock Island County residents can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for no charge with a valid Rock Island County address. Rock Island County Waste Management Agency covers the cost of processing and disposal for its residents.
Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, nonsectarian, independent, multicultural college-prep school for students in preschool through twelfth grade. At Rivermont, a nurturing, stimulating, and structured environment maximizes the potential of each student, preparing them to engage fully in their local, national, and global communities. Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!