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World Water Day recognized through Heavy Metal exhibit

Author: Communications

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Category: myUNB , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , UNB Homepage , In the Media

Dozens of phones were kept out of the landfill in this Heavy Metal Art Exhibit display.

The Heavy Metal exhibit, currently on display at the University of New Brunswick’s Art Centre and featuring UNB’s ArtZone, is part of an environmental awareness project in support of World Water Day, which is being recognized this Sunday, Mar. 22. The exhibit was created to help bring awareness to the issue of e-waste in our landfills, which is having a growing negative impact on the environment, specifically in our waterways.

UNB ArtZone students have spent months preparing the Heavy Metal art exhibit by retrieving e-waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill and turning it into art. The exhibit, which will be open to the public until April 9, is made from discarded electronics such as televisions, batteries, computers, telephones, etc. brought by members of the local Fredericton community. After the exhibit, the waste will be recycled through a local e-cycling company, Beaverdam Recyclers.

World Water Day is a day to celebrate water, to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues, and to prepare for how we manage water in the future. It is estimated that 50-million metric tons of e-waste is dumped into landfills around the world. Many of the hazardous materials found in discarded electronic devices leach into the soil during rainfall and can have dangerous effects on our eco-system. Currently, only 12.5% of e-waste is being recycled, which experts say is not nearly enough to sustain a healthy planet.

For more information about UNB’s ArtZone and the Heavy Metal exhibit, contact Marie Maltais .