E-Waste Challenge Results

E-Waste Challenge- September 21st to October 23rd

School Kg collected/student (total kg collected)
Manachaban 4.89 (2098)
Holy Spirit 5.29 (2143)
Notre Dame Des Vallees 0.74 (99)
Cochrane High School 6.17 (4792)

The E-Waste challenge has come to an end and we are excited to announce that Cochrane High has won! CHSD would like to thank everyone within the community and the school that donated to this great cause. We were thrilled to see so much participation within our school community and the town. Between the four participating schools a total of 9132 Kg of waste was collected and will be re-purposed into usable materials. We are thrilled to see the community build towards a more sustainable future. Thank you!

The last collection of E-waste at Cochrane High School  


A Thank You Note:  

Cochrane High’s sustainable development is astonished by the outcome of the e-waste competition. The Cochrane High community exceeded expectations in the amount of waste collected, and we are very excited to put the money we earned towards a sustainability project. Although we are very proud of this achievement and we are excited with the outcome, this was not just about the competition for us; but a project we believe positively impacts the environment while engaging the community in a fun and positive way. The competition has also improved the collective norm within our school. The students are noticeably making stronger efforts to dispose of recyclable waste properly, and our principal is even trying to bring more strategies forward to contribute towards a greener future for both our school and our community. Currently, we will be putting the money into our maintenance fund for our previous projects. Although there will be more projects to come, maintenance is an element that evidently comes with all projects we pursue and without it our past efforts are potentially rendered useless. Some precedents from the committee that our maintenance fund covers include the solar hot water system, our plastic and bottle recycling program and the outdoor classroom. The sustainable development committee would like to thank the community for their contribution and support. We look forward to sustaining a greener community.


CHSD Committee members Lori Smigelski and Brent Smigelski

Town of Cochrane E-Waste Recycling Challenge

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CHS’s Sustainable Development Committee has joined in the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre E-Waste Recycling Challenge that is being held from Monday September 21, 2015 to Friday October 23, 2015. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, three quarters of computers sold in the US are stockpiled in garages and closets waiting to be thrown away.   E-waste contains hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium which can pose a threat to the environment and humans if dumped in landfills. Part of the disposal regime includes exporting the waste to developing countries which has dire consequences.

The benefit of this e-waste challenge is that not only can the materials be upcycled using electronic processors into commodities such as plastics, metals and glass but it can be done right here in Alberta. GEEP is a global electronic processor in Calgary that uses state-of-the-art recycling equipment. GEEP utilizes the resources of redundant electrical and electronic equipment through the recovery of raw materials. With a zero landfill goal, the company has won accolades for its processes and sustainable operations. Nothing that is collected during this challenge is being “dumped” into developing countries.

For the duration of the challenge GEEP will loan Cochrane High three large bins which will be used to collect all unusable, redundant, portable electronic devices that plug into the wall or run on batteries. One bin is located in the snakepit just outside the main office. The other two bins are located in the Lyceum at the south wall.

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Please join Cochrane High and the Sustainable Development Committee in this challenge by bringing in your outdated or non-working electronic devices. One collection bin is located in the snakepit as you enter the school through our main doors. Help us protect our environment from the dangers of the increasing presence of electronic waste (e-waste). The winning school is awarded a cash prize that is to be put towards a sustainability initiative in our school.

If you would prefer your e-waste picked up, please contact Ms Stephanie Bennett at 403-932-2542 or by emailing to sbennett@rockyview.ab.ca. Thank you for your support!


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