Almost 3 tons in 3 hours

On October 1st, 2016 together with the Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Warsaw Zerzeń (Wawer) we once again conducted educational activities for the inhabitants of Wawer in the scope of reducing environmental threats posed by the waste electric and electronic equipment, as well as waste batteries and accumulators. Just like in the case of our other educational projects, the collection of electrowaste as well as waste batteries and accumulators accompanied the activities of the educational stand. It was not the first time that the Parish in Zerzeń was the partner of our project, and it was a partner that very actively participated in its implementation.

If we assume that the awareness of threats for the environment and for the man, posed by waste electric and electronic equipment as well as waste batteries and accumulators can be measured by the participation in collections of electrowaste and the collected mass, the awareness of the inhabitants can be assessed as very high. The standard for this environment is filling the truck with electrowaste in 3 hours. Yet another standard occurrence is the fact that the whole families with children bring electrowaste and that the Parish priest Krzysztof regularly checks on the collection and thanks the inhabitants of Wawer for the participation in it. In order to load 3 tons of electrowaste during 3 hours on a truck, it needs to be filled non-stop, which means that the supplies of waste equipment and batteries are performed nono-stop.

The same also happened this time. The cars of all makes and models came and brought whatever was left in the cellars and on the attics for years. The subject of means of transport used to bring the waste equipment and the types of such equipment could be the subject of another article. The results of the collection could be best summed up by the phrase “what on earth do people keep in their houses”. One might also assume that after a few collections, including two collections in one year, the stream of the used equipment, taking common sense into account, should be reduced as a result of the depletion of “supplies”. However, nothing like that has happened so far, which is curious with reference to this community. Maybe an answer by one of the participant could be an explanation; he stated “… there is a lot of waste equipment, but there is little time to dig it out and take it out… I will prepare more for spring…”. No further comments should be made. The next activities shall take place in Wawer in spring 2017.