During the last few weeks you may have noticed how excited we were about our plans for Earth Day. This year we decided to take our previous Earth Day efforts to the next level by hosting three separate e-waste recycling drives and participating in two Earth Day fairs hosted by a few of our other clients.
The e-waste drives were a brand new experience for EverLights, and we were really anxious to see how everything would turn out. Thanks in large part to our Earth Day partners, Lowe Construction and Management Company and NorthShore University Health System, we were able to collect an incredible amount of e-waste.
So how did we do it?
On Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, Lowe Construction and Management Company welcomed EverLights into two of its buildings. Monday’s event was held at 70 E. Lake St. and Tuesday’s event was held at 815 W. Van Buren. Tenants were invited to bring us any old electronics they needed to get rid of, and we provided the participants, and other tenants, with a few free items to thank them for stopping by. Between the two buildings, we collected over 600 pounds of e-waste, as well as a few fluorescent lamps and batteries.
On Friday, April 20, NorthShore University Health Systems gave us the opportunity to set up a similar recycling drive in each of its 4 hospitals, as well as three of its office locations. During these events, hospital employees were asked to bring old electronics in from home and the items were collected free of charge. Through these e-waste drives, we collected over 5,000 pounds of e-waste! Going into the day, we weren’t sure what kind of turnout to expect. When we brought the equipment back to our warehouse for final counts, we were thrilled to discover how much we had collected.
When we combine the totals from all nine events, we collected over 5,000 pounds of e-waste in a one week span. We are incredibly proud of how the events went, and we cannot wait to do it again next year.
We would like to give a final thank you to our partner companies, Lowe Construction and Management Company and NorthShore University Health System, and their employees and tenants, for making our first Earth Day e-waste drive a tremendous success. Without their help, and the help of all our employees, these events would not have been possible.