The e-waste project?
The E-waste Project, a.k.a. TEP, is a collaborative effort between student organizations to raise awareness on the impending threat that the growing number of improperly disposed old and defective electronic devices pose on the environment. The campaign aims to encourage the practice of proper recycling and disposal of these hazardous and poisonous materials. Each participating community will hold week-long collection drives of electronic wastes. The collected e-wastes will then be sold to an accredited waste management facility. Proceeds of this project will be used to fund a chosen beneficiary.
Brief History of TEP
Eight years ago, through UP Circuit's former president Martha Isabel Dealino, The E-Waste Project was born. TEP is an awareness campaign that aims to inform people about the rapidly-growing problem of improper electronic waste disposal and what they can do to prevent it. Initially, it was first organized in order to raise funds for one of the organization's yearly socio-civic project AKBAY (Advanced Knowledge for the Betterment of the Aspiring Youth) but later on turns into a large-scale project. Its first ollection drive was held at the University of the Philippines - Diliman Campus on January 15-18, 2013. With the cooperation of the UP Diliman Community, partnership with DLSU ECES and a good reception, TEP's starting year was a success.
TEP OVER THE YEARS
The E-Waste Project started off as a university-wide campaign to raise awareness on proper E-Waste Management.
During its first years, the proceeds of TEP were used to fund AKBAY (Advanced Knowledge for the Betterment of Aspiring Youth), a project that sought to improve computer literacy by donating new computers to beneficiary high schools.
In 2013, the year of its first collection drive, TEP was able to fund eleven (11) new computer stations to Sta.Sta. Lucia High School, a school which originally had 2 working computers for a population of over 4000 students.
In the following years, TEP had also supported beneficiaries Caloocan High School and Caruhatan High School.
Over the years, TEP has expanded its reach to conduct over 10 collection drives with more than 5 universities and colleges in Metro Manila annually. To further raise awareness, it has also held talks in various schools in the region.
To honor its contributions to the community, UP Circuit and TEP was also hailed as a finalist in the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards in 2015 and 2017.
On its 5th year, TEP envisioned to reach more Filipinos. We had shared our advocacy and knowledge on e-wastes through media networks like CNN and DZMM. We were invited to and participated in various environmental fairs like Muni Market in Capitol Commons. Also on this year, we became one of the finalists in the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards.
In this year, TEP has reached an audience of almost 70k through its online page. TEP has been featured to several blogs (ie. The Good Parenting) and magazines. ANC also made a cover on our advocacy and project.
TEP has expanded to Laguna with a partnership with an organization in UPLB and has given a talk in Sta Rosa also in Laguna.
Last September 22, TEP partnered with SOLAR Hope, an initiative which provides solar-powered lamps to off-the-grid areas in the greater Manila area, and visited a Badjao community in Batangas to conduct a clean-up drive and feeding program.