E-cycling, beautification projects are main focus of 'The Big Event' March 31

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E-cycling, beautification projects are main focus of 'The Big Event' March 31

March 29, 2012

E-cycling, a new recycling event for Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will provide a recycling service to area communities to dispose of their electronics in a safe manner during the “The Big Event” on Saturday, March 31.

E-cycling items include computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners, plotters, peripherals, telecommunication equipment, phone systems, security equipment, medical equipment, UPS systems, cell phones and more. Household items are exempt from recycling at this time.

Natural Evolution from Tulsa will set up on the west side of Alva’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. collecting electronics. This company provides clients with peace of mind by clearing computer hard drives of data by methods that conform to United States Department of Defense cleaning and sanitizing standard DOD-5220-22M.

They have been third-party audited by a digital forensic company to ensure customers' data cannot be recovered.
Electronics recycled are reallocated or demanufactured depending on the nature of the equipment while being disposed of in an environmentally sensible manner.

“Our goal is to try to keep electronics out of landfills,” said Dr. Steven Mackie, CORE sponsor.

“Electronics are toxic to all life forms around landfills and also the soil. Many electronics can be reused or recycled, so we encourage people in area communities to bring in their electronics.”

The annual event, sponsored by CORE, brings students, faculty and staff together to give back to their campus communities.

Both the Enid and Woodward campuses also have volunteer efforts planned for the “The Big Event.” Enid volunteers will spend time working with the City of Enid planting trees and doing some mulch work. Woodward volunteers will clean up around Experiment Lake.

Projects at all three campus locations begin at 9 a.m. Enid and Woodward volunteers are to meet at their respective campuses at 9 a.m. Alva volunteers should arrive west of Alva’s Market by 9 a.m.

“The Big Event” is a nationally recognized function with the purpose to strengthen the relationship between the university and the communities it serves while creating positive change. This event offers the opportunity for student organizations, faculty and staff to work together on a wide variety of projects to better the university and community.

This year “The Big Event” has received support from countless partners, including the City of Enid, Central National Bank, Starr Lumber, Alva’s Market, Chesapeake Midstream, Chesapeake Energy and Walmart.

To echo the sentiments of the meaning behind “The Big Event,” Mackie reminds the communities in which Northwestern serves that it is “One big day, One big thanks.”

“We are thankful that Northwestern serves in Alva, Enid and Woodward,” Mackie said.

“’The Big Event’ gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to say thank you, and the spirit of giving back to these communities is the whole purpose of ‘The Big Event.’”

Contact sponsors Mackie at swmackie@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8452 or Janet Valencia at janetvalencia_65@yahoo.com with questions. On the Enid campus, contact Lori Coonrod at lacoonrod@nwosu.edu or (580) 213-3147, and contact Charlie Burns at the Woodward campus at cgburns@nwosu.edu or (580) 254-2503.

For more information about e-cycling, visit www.naturalevolution.com.