Our Partner Organizations
Free Geek is a non-profit organization with a noble objective of promoting environmentally sustainable recycling, refurbishing, and selling of electronic waste. Their operations are centered in the Twin Cities metro area where they receive donations from various sources.
Our collaboration with Free Geek began in October of 2022, and since then we have engaged in several visits to the organization, immersing ourselves in their operational processes to identify how our project can potentially enhance their operations. After multiple discussions with the Executive Director of Free Geek Twin Cities, Dave Nakada Cross, we recognized that the best way to support Free Geek is by setting up a data collection system that can quantify the impact of their sustainable e-waste management and retail operations. Thus, the primary focus of our project is to establish a data collection system for Free Geek, which will serve as the first of our three deliverables for this project. An important aspect of our data collection efforts involved the meticulous labeling of each electronic device that passed through our intake section. Specifically, we assigned a unique identification number to each device, which allowed us to accurately track its progress through our operations. Subsequently, we collected data pertaining to each electronic device as it left the modern build section and prior to its entry into the store. This data included the identification number assigned to the device, as well as a brief comment regarding its specific characteristics and features.
As a leading institution of higher learning, Carleton College takes its environmental responsibility seriously, recognizing that it has an important role to play in reducing electronic waste on its campus. As a result, the Information Technology Services (ITS) department has implemented a comprehensive system for the disposal and recycling of computers and other electronic devices. This system is designed to ensure that all old electronics, including computers, monitors, projectors, and printers owned by the school, are carefully monitored and disposed of in a safe and sustainable manner.