1) TAE Leaders Received the Certificate of Recognition from California State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
TAE President Joshua Lou led a group of branch leaders (Kevin Waldman, Jacqueline Zhou, Daniel Nicasio, and Mugilan Nambi) to meet with California State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Buena Park Mayor Sunny Park at the Dump Day Event co-hosted by the California Department of Transportation on October 22nd. They received the Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Teens Against E-waste for our “commitment and dedication in helping the community” and “making a difference in creating an overall greener environment.” Congratulations!
2) Branch of the Month Story from Joshua Lou and Caroline Wang—Oxford Academy and Lynbrook Branches, California
We partnered with Google to run 1MB drives at its Mountain View (headquarters), Sunnyvale, and Irvine sites to celebrate 2022 International Recycle Week! We reached out to and worked with Google’s Environmental Health and Safety managers of the North American region, facility coordinators, and many service teams on seven campuses of three Google sites, covering 38 buildings. Together, more than 70,000 batteries were collected and recycled! Many thanks to Google’s partnership and great contributions to our 1MB campaign for sustainability and a greener planet for all!
3) Branch of the Month Story from John Lee—Rancho San Joaquin Branch, California
Now that school had started, it was hard to fit in time for collecting batteries. But on 10/22/2022, I still managed to collect over 5 boxes of used e-waste with students of other branches! It was a very hard 5 hours under the chilly weather… but in the end, it was all worth it! I was also able to collect many batteries from my neighborhood.
4) Story from Katelyn Gan, Andy Yuan, and John Lee—Sage Hill, Jeffrey Trail, & Rancho San Joaquin Branches, California
In celebration of International E-waste Day, the Newport Beach E-waste event was held on October 22 and was a great success! As volunteers collecting e-waste, we saw hundreds of cars coming with all sorts of e-waste, from TVs, to chargers, to PlayStations. During the five hours of the drive, the thing we remember the most was how the people who came to recycle kept on saying how we should collaborate with the community more and host more e-waste collection drives, as there was much more e-waste at home that they couldn’t bring on that day. Overall, the collection drive was definitely a success, and it was eye-opening as a volunteer to see thousands of pounds of e-waste being recycled in such a short amount of time. During the 5-hour drive, we collected more than 5,000 pounds of e-waste and 4,000 used batteries. There will be another two similar events in December, one for the city of Lake Forest and one for a senior center in Irvine. We all look forward to them!
5) Story from Grace Gan--Milliken Mills Branch, Ontario, Canada
The Milliken Mills branch held its first ever battery collection event in honor of International E-Waste Day from October 3rd to October 14th! This was able to be successfully completed after days of planning between teacher advisors, environment club (Green Inc) executives, social media coordinators, and school administration in late September -- it was amazing to see so many people passionate for this cause. On October 14th, the batteries were organized and counted by student volunteers to total 1,665, the winning student brought nearly 200 herself and won our prize for Dairy Queen ice cream!
6) Here is a video from Siqi Hu--Temma JHS Branch, Japan
Here is a video provided by Siqi Hu, Founder and President of the TAE Temma JHS Branch in Osaka, Japan, and edited and voice-overed in English by Alen Zhang, the Assistant Director of the TAE Operations Committee. The video showed one of the trash recycling areas of a residential community in Osaka, Japan. The residents are required to separate the waste into categories such as cardboard boxes, glass bottles, plastic bottles (labels must be taken off), other plastics, batteries, and miscellaneous trash. Batteries have their own specific collection box. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd58mtoLE7B-jk5oEM7Yo2g - Follow this link to watch Hongyi’s video and other videos in the TAE YouTube channel.
Stories written by multiple TAE branches. Formatted into a blog post by the Communications Committee.