ATA Wollongong branch meeting - Electronic Waste and the Marine EnvironmentMarch 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm
When: Thursday 1 March 2018, 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
Where: UOW Innovation Campus (Squires Way, North Wollongong) - ITAMS Building, building 233, room G01. Click here for a Google Map and here for a campus map. Parking is free from 6:30 in P1 (near Science Centre) or P5 (south of Building 233)
Cost: Attendance is free . A $2 donation for refreshments at 6.30pm prior to the talk at 7pm would be appreciated.
Speaker: Sandra Dohring Business Development Manager, Sims Recycling Solutions.
Sandra graduated from Sydney’s UTS with MBus in strategic supply chain and operations management. She helps business recycle their electronic waste in an ethical way while protecting their sensitive data. She grew up on Réunion Island where she developed its WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) recycling platform and other sustainability initiatives.
Presentation: Australians are amongst the world’s highest users of technology. 17 million televisions and 37 million computers were sent to Australian landfills up to 2008. Such e-Waste can be both toxic and valuable, for example IT hardware has much more gold and precious metals than is currently mined from the ground. Urban “mining” and recycling e-Waste to the highest possible levels is critical. Sims Recycling Solutions is a division of Sims Metal Management, the world’s leading publicly-listed metals and electronics recycler. Sandra also interacts with the marine environment.
Having learned free-diving off Réunion from her father she has started a free-diving group here. She helps organise ocean clean-up events with UOW’s Surfrider Club. Photo shows her removing fishing line and lures along with plastic bags, bottles, cans, straws and other rubbish from Wollongong harbour.
Just for interest: Callum Stewart will talk briefly and from a scientific perspective about his recent unexpected encounter with a great white shark off Port Kembla’s Five Islands Nature Reserve that made news around the world!
Members and visitors are welcome.
Tom Hunt, Convenor, 0438 254679