Students to collect e-waste for new sustainability initiative

March 28, 2023

Photo of the three students running the ewaste collection project

A recent student-led project aims to step up Quinnipiac’s game in electronic waste collection, aiming for a long-term sustainability initiative.

This project is headed by Jess Robinson ‘24, Jack Kemperle ‘24 and Tristan Gold ‘24, with the guidance of Sam Edwards, associate professor of legal studies. The team attributes the overall inspiration for the project to an international environmental law class with Edwards in the fall.

“After an extensive discussion about electronic waste in our International environmental law course, it came to our attention that there was no e-waste collection program on campus," said Robinson. “Almost every school in Connecticut has an extensive electronic waste collection program launched at their schools and we decided it was Quinnipiac’s time to step up. It is a proposal so if it goes well, we are presenting it to the school for them to take control and incorporate it into a permanent collection.”

The team has been working closely with the sustainability committee on campus and with Joe Podsiadlo, associate director of technology services at Quinnipiac. In addition, the team has pursued marketing efforts with the help of Sean Doyle ‘23 to push the project further.

Robinson believes students can also play an essential role in the success of the initiative.

“The best thing to help out is to promote the project on all platforms,” she said. “It is a proposal project so if it goes well and is successful, it has the possibility to become a permanent collection on campus. Students can also contact me if they are seriously interested, and they can join our team!”

The collection will run through Friday, April 22 and participants can drop off items at IT on the Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses during the following times:


Mount Carmel Hours
  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 7 p.m.
North Haven Hours
  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Participants will also be asked to complete a very short survey when dropping off an item to help with collecting data.

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