What does Technology & E-Waste have to do with an Organized Environment?
Local professional organizer, Emilio Jose Garcia, took the time to inform an audience about the subject. Emilio told the audience that the reason why he is passionate about this topic was because of traveling. Emilio spent all of 2008 – 2011 traveling through the South East Asia & Oceania and he discovered many ways of living.
“Backpacking for 4 years changed me more than any other experience.”
Emilio admits that before leaving his native country, Spain, in 2008 he wasn’t aware of the variety of ways you could live a life. Emilio discovered cultures, people and stories that forever changed the path he was on. Now, after living and starting his own business in Waterloo Region for the last 3 years he is sharing his biggest takeaways on Technology & E-Waste.
Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled
A large amount of what is labeled as “e-waste” is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.
E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste
Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 houses/year
$60 million in gold and silver from electronics are ‘dumped’ every year in the USA
About the Workshop Series “Organize Your Environment”
The workshop series was created by The Grand River Ontario Chapter of the POC (Professional Organizers in Canada). The rationale for this workshop series is to provide environmental education and public awareness while also educating participants about resource consumption and waste management. Each workshop will have a specific environmental focus that contributes to the larger picture.
As Professional Organizers we observe daily how an individual’s environment determines and influences that individual’s ability to contribute, participate, and value OUR community’s environment as a whole.
Thank you to the generous support of The City of Kitchener’s Community Environmental Improvement Grant and The Kitchener Public Library for their facility & event co-ordinator, Sheila Bauman.
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