What is Teens Against E-waste, and what is its purpose?
Teens Against E-waste (TAE) is a student-initiated, student-led, nonprofit organization that aims to raise public awareness of the pressing issue of e-waste and call for actions for e-waste reuse, reduce, and recycling for a greener planet.
What leadership and volunteering opportunities does TAE offer?
Read here for TAE's leadership structure and opportunities. Read here for TAE branch leaders' and volunteers' roles, responsibilities, and benefits.
We welcome all teenage students (age between 10 and 19) to join our endeavors and demonstrate leadership and service. You are encouraged to join the TAE branch near you or create a new branch with the support and resources of TAE!
To apply for a new branch, please fill out this Google Form. Founding a new branch requires 1-3 student founders and a parent advisor. The branch should be named after a school or community group (e.g., a scout troop, a residential community, an organization).
How can I help, and where do I start?
Thank you for offering help! The best way to get started is to join the TAE branch near you, or if there is none near you, create a new branch yourselves! Read herefor details.
If you are not able to join a TAE branch yet, you may still help individually by participating in TAE's One Million Batteries (1MB)campaign with the goal to collect and recycle 1,000,000 used batteries. Read the How You Can Help page for more details and self-report the batteries you have collected/recycled here.
You can also help with our recently-launched E-waste Collection campaign and self-report the e-waste you have collected/recycled there.
I am interested in creating a new TAE branch. However, I am not any club's president at my school, and hosting a battery recycling event feels intimidating. What should I do?
First, you are not alone, and secondly, believe it or not, hosting a school event is not as scary as it sounds. The other students who already hosted the battery recycling events at their schools (e.g., Oxford Academy and Sage Hill School) were not club presidents, either. You do not need a leadership position to run the event. Just reach out to the president(s) and advisor of an existing club (e.g., ECO, NHS, ASB, Key Club, or Give Back Club) and present the event idea. With their approval, you may then work with the club and recruit volunteers.
See the Step-by-Step Guidethat includes tips, flyer templates, email templates, and announcement scripts that you may use and modify for your own event. Running a battery collection event is very fun - it's easy to get started, quick to see results, and impactful in many ways. We are looking forward to reading your experience on your branch webpage! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.