Say goodbye to e-waste

Say goodbye to e-waste

1 June, 2012
Cyberport eco art exhibition
Electronic waste awareness event featured recycled art pieces from HK students

Located on the southern district of Hong Kong Island, Cyberport is a development in that incubates businesses in the ICT and creative digital sector, and integrates them with the surrounding commercial and residential communities. Fitting in with the overall theme of technology at Cyberport, an exhibition and fair revolving around waste was held. Highlights included interactive panels aimed at educating children about the handling of e-waste (electronic waste), an animation on e-waste, and an eco fair that featured products such as organic and locally farmed vegetables.
There were also test drives of the iMiev electric vehicle. A large part of the event was a unique art exhibit featuring pieces created from waste electronics by local students. The exhibit definitely brought back memories, particularly of the 8”, 5.25” and 3.5” floppy disks which were largely used in the 80’s and 90’s and were featured in several of the art pieces. Though this was not that long ago, the floppies are already obsolete and unknown to younger generations, and billions will sit in landfills for years to come. Interestingly, we discovered that the 3.5” drive is still in existence as Sony announced that its production came to an end in March 2011, after 30 years of production. The exhibit was an illustration of the sheer volume of e-waste produced by society, particularly in the developed world where the newest gadget’s bells and whistles quickly make previous versions undesirable. The quantity of electronic devices and parts that are disposed annually is extremely high in a region like Hong Kong. What are you doing about your e-waste? Perhaps make something useful out of it, or if it still works, donate it to a local school or charity. Rather than throw away broken electronics, bring them to one of the EPD or St. James Settlement’s e-waste collection points.
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By: Ecozine Staff


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