MCLA's "Green Team" Gathers Electronic Waste for Recycling


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Faculty, staff and students on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Sustainability Committee - also known as the "Green Team" - partnered with the campus's facilities department and computer support services to organize an electronics recycling pick up for the campus community.

Over the past several weeks, the Committee collected a number of electronic items no longer in use at the College due to age. They also gathered additional items from campus community members who had electronics at home that they no longer were using.

The waste will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 16, by Good Point Recycling of Middlebury, Vt.

According to Caroline Scully, coordinator of the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the chair of the Green Team, this is the second such recycling effort this year at MCLA. In April, Good Point Recycling picked up electronic waste that included more than 50 old-style monitors, 15 televisions, printers, printer cartridges, DVD players and microwaves ovens from the College and campus community members.

Scully said MCLA selected Good Point because the company is one of the two vendors certified by the State of Vermont, and the toxic material in the collected electronics will be removed or reused safely. The disposal of computers, printers, monitors, and other electronics is a campus sustainability issue because these items are frequently disposed of irresponsibly overseas, causing environmental degradation and health problems.