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Lions' men’s volleyball team protects environment, helps recycling program
Mount volleyball player Brett Cooper hands an old computer monitor to a Recycle Force worker.
Mount volleyball player Brett Cooper hands an old computer monitor to a Recycle Force worker.

Monday, October 07, 2013
by Ryan Lengerich

The Mount’s Men’s Volleyball team on Saturday, Oct. 5, helped recycle thousands of pounds of outdated and broken electronics that otherwise could damage the atmosphere if not properly disposed.

The College’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC) organized the event with Recycle Force, an Indianapolis-based company specializing in electronic reuse and disposal.

“So many people in the area had old electronics to get rid of, and the team was excited for the chance to help the EAC and Recycle Force and get rid of that stuff the right way,” said head men’s volleyball coach Ryan Lengerich. “It was like a time warp seeing those old boxed televisions, typewriters and 20-year-old computers.”

Cell phones collected helped the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Project Saving Species” program, which protects gorillas and their habitat in Africa by minimizing the amount of coltan (used in cell phones) that needs to be mined.

Recycle Force wiped hard-drives clean of data, while the broken down scrap metals were packaged and will be sold to build new components.

Electronic waste contains toxic elements such as mercury, which if not recycled or disposed of properly can damage the environment.

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