DePauw's CTEP is an Example of Innovative Computer Recycling Initiative, Grinnell Student Writes
May 31, 2006
May 31, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - A Greencastle resident who is now a student at Grinnell College writes of his experience working with DePauw University's Community Technology Enhancement Program (CTEP) in the Des Moines Register. At the non-profit CTEP, Aden Stinebrickner-Kauffman states, "We took computers that schools, corporations and individuals no longer wanted and assembled working computers from the parts. We then donated the now-working computers to organizations and individuals who could not afford new computers. DePauw University paid for the work and for the equipment and software to do the job."
Stinebrickner-Kauffman (son of DePauw professor and chair of political science Bruce Stinebrickner) asserts, "While I applaud DePauw for funding CTEP," she wonders why more organizations aren't willing "to pay for a program that makes both economic and environmental sense."
Older computers, he notes, often wind up being shipped overseas for disposal, a practice that she calls "environmentally unsound... E-waste dumping occurs because computer recycling is not cost-effective in the United States. It is cheaper to find the materials elsewhere and dispose of old computers in other ways." Stinebrickner-Kauffman declares, "the government should follow California's lead and impose a fee on purchases of computers and other electronics, then use the revenue to pay for proper disposal of e-waste. Additionally, the government should sign the Basel Convention and regulate the computer recycling industry to ensure that other countries do not pay for our indulgence."Back