On October 17 in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Warsaw the final of the next edition of the educational project AURAEKO was held: “God created clean world. It should be clean also now”. Preparatory works related to the project were carried out earlier, but we planned an educational campaign and collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as used batteries and accumulators for October 17. The rain had been falling since the morning, what may have discouraged some participants. Finally, the attendance was lower than we expected, but in total we have collected more than 1,700 kg of waste equipment and used batteries, which indicates that there was a lot of interested persons.
It was the last edition of this project this year. Only in this project we gave more than 300 tips on the conduct with waste electrical and electronic equipment and the risks related to used batteries and accumulators.
The voices known from other editions of this project recurred “… it is very good that the parish organized this collection because there is so much of this (old equipment – author’s note) and one does not know what to do with it…”. We also came across many difficult situations, when an obstacle in handing over the waste equipment was its considerable weight (refrigerators, washing machines), which is also often placed in basements with poor access or on a floor of a building in which there is no elevator. In such cases, we helped the remove waste equipment.
We stress the importance of the collection of electronic waste, because the participation in it testifies to a great extent on the attitude, which we try to develop in local communities.
At the end of this year’s cycle of this project it seems worth to return once again to the objectives of the project which are defined as follows:
The main objective of the project is to develop and popularize users’ environmental attitudes within the scope of proper conduct with waste in the form of used batteries and waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The main objective was pursued through the achievement of specific objectives, which include:
- Raising the level of the participants’ knowledge of the harmfulness of used batteries and accumulators and waste electrical and electronic equipment for health and environment.
- Raising the skills to act in local conditions with waste equipment and used batteries and accumulators.
- Promoting pro-ecological attitudes among the participants of the project and their natural, closest environment.
- Reducing the quantity of waste equipment and used batteries and accumulators on municipal landfills, and as a result reducing the negative influence of WEEE on the environment and human health.
The pursuit to achieve the objectives formulated above is difficult to measure. However, the weight of the collected waste is easy to determine. In all of this year’s editions of this project we collected nearly 8 tons of electronic waste. We remain convinced that the seed of ecological education was sown and the crop of this year’s actions will be even higher in the next years.