The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Wants You to Make a Video about Electronic Waste
Today I herded the obsolete or dead electronics in my officeâ''an ancient external hard drive that connects to no inputs on my current computer, an LCD monitor that has become excruciatingly hard to read, bunches of old power supplies and dead rechargeable batteries, a tangle of redundant cables, and that box of empty printer cartridges Iâ''ve been meaning to drop off somewhereâ''into a pile of electronic waste. This wasnâ''t random busywork; on Monday our neighborhood is getting a free e-waste pickup from One World Recycling. Last time I tackled the electronic waste that accumulates in my house (an obsolete iMac, a few dead VCRs), I had to take them to Green Citizen and pay a recycling fee for the non-display hardware, so I donâ''t want to miss this opportunity.
This pile of e-waste offers another opportunity, if I can just figure out how to turn next weekâ''s recycling day into a catchy 90-second movie, because the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is offering cash for the best videos about the e-waste problem and responsible recycling.
So far, I donâ''t have any brilliant ideas. But if you do, here are the contest details:
Videos can be no longer than 90 seconds and must show the human and environmental impacts of e-waste, the toxic chemicals found in e-waste, and what it means to recycle responsibly, and encourage others to communicate about the e-waste problem and the use of responsible recyclers.
You submit your video on YouTube, and fill out a separate entry form. Information on both is on the SVTC web site. The deadline is June 12, the current date of the analog television shutdown, which may create a wave of electronic waste. First prize is $500.