Back by popular demand, the Recycle IT Games will be taking place on Tuesday, October 1.
ITServices, in partnership with the Sustainability Office, is hosting the event as part of Sustainability Week, a campus-wide event running from September 30 to October 4. Each day of Sustainability Week is themed, "Five Days Five Ways," and the Recycle IT Games will address Tuesday's theme of Waste Diversion.
Any member of the Queens community can bring their electronic waste from work or home for recycling and receive a free giveaway, as well as a ballot to enter a draw for prizes from the Campus Computer Store. Prizes include a $300 gift card from the store, a Toshiba tablet, Dell monitor and a Brother printer.
The event will once again feature popular games of skill, such as the "Laptop Toss" and the "Cellphone Accuracy Throw," in which participants can earn more ballots by pitching their donated items into bins.
The Recycle IT Games will run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Division and Union Streets.
In the event of inclement weather, the Campus Computer Store will still be accepting e-waste in exchange for prize ballots at its retail location in Dupuis Hall. For those who are unable to attend the Games on Tuesday, the store will continue to accept e-waste and give out ballots during regular business hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for the duration of Sustainability Week.
The store has been designated by Physical Plant Services as an official drop-off location for e-waste. The recycling service is available year-round to students, staff and faculty at no charge. Items for recycling include computers, printers, monitors, fax machines, batteries, ink and toner cartridges, and more.
Data security is also an important aspect of this event, and to ensure the privacy of personal and confidential data, hard drive removal will be available on site and drives will be taken to the CCS for secure destruction and disposal—another free service that the store provides year-round.
The Recycle IT Games are a great opportunity for ITServices to emphasize the importance of the responsible e-waste recycling every day and to educate others about how they can take advantage of these free services. Initiatives such as these support the strategic direction of innovation for ITServices, by addressing the realities of aging technologies and considering the cost-benefit of replacing them. ITServices will be doing its part in the Recycle IT Games by contributing many of its own departmental servers that have reached end-of-life status.
According to Brad Hannah, Coordinator Systems and Storage, ITServices:
"We are continuing our effort to reduce under-utilized and aging server infrastructure. Instead of running a single service on a single machine, we have adopted the more modern philosophy of hosting multiple services on a single server using virtualization. This saves money and time, it also helps the environment. We save money by lowering cooling bills (data centre air conditioning), lowering electricity bills to run the server itself, reducing annual support and maintenance costs and saving staff time in managing these individual servers."
Recycling obsolete equipment, as opposed to reselling it, is often the most feasible and economical option. The process to prepare hardware for resale is very labour intensive when compared to the amount of work involved in recycling it.
When electronic hardware is recycled, all usable materials are reclaimed, while hazardous materials are removed and disposed of safely. By choosing to recycle used electronics responsibly instead of selling it off, there is the assurance that it will not ultimately go to landfill or be illegally exported to other countries, where it continues to contribute to the health and environmental burdens of the planet.