To mark this year’s World Environment Day, the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit partnered with Human-I-T for the second year in a row to hold an electronic waste disposal drive at their local community center, Burhani Masjid, in Farmington Hills. Residents of Farmington Hills and the surrounding areas delivered their used electronics while learning about the serious issue of e-waste.
Human-I-T provides hardware, low-cost internet, and digital literacy training to low-income households so that they can thrive in the digital age. Human-I-T strives to reduce the digital divide by working with the public, businesses, and the government to recycle technology for a good cause.
Furthermore, by donating unwanted computers to families in need, Human-I-T divert e-waste away from landfills. Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to electronic products and components that are unwanted, unusable, or nearing the end of their useful life. While e-waste only makes up 2% of the mass in landfills, it accounts for 70% of toxic waste. Unfortunately, recycling is no longer a sufficient method for disposing waste sustainably; given the scale of the climate crisis, reuse is now a prerequisite for protecting the planet.
Oftentimes, e-waste ends up in developing countries where improper disposal results in both environmental and public health disasters persisting for generations. By creating awareness of the need for careful and comprehensive disposal of electronic waste, the Dawoodi Bohras of Metro Detroit want to encourage people to be more mindful of the devastating impact of e-waste around the globe.
The Dawoodi Bohras partnered with Human-I-T in 2021, collecting 3,828 lbs. of electronic waste on World Environment.
Mustansir Saifuddin of the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit said, “This event highlights the value of community resources coming together to better serve our neighbors. This drive not only allows for safe disposal of electronic waste that may otherwise be improperly disposed of, but human-I-T takes it to the next level by bridging the digital divide that exists so near to where we live and work.”
As part of the day’s events, the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Farmington Hills Fire Department were on site to support the drive and meet with the congregation’s students. Students were able to ask questions, tour the fire truck, and learn more about the police and fire departments.
Police Chief Jeff King commented, “The Farmington Hills Police Department is committed to strengthening our community relationships and welcome opportunities to partner with our citizenry, especially events involving our youth. Public safety is our highest priority, but engaging with the community is critical to the success of our agency. As a department, we must always learn more about one another and how to better serve our community. We appreciate the invitation from the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit and appreciate their continued support of our programs like Faith & Blue and Trunk-or-Treat.”
The event was part of Project Rise – a global initiative established by the Dawoodi Bohra community to tackle global development challenges through a variety of interconnected solutions, including protecting the natural environment.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit continue to partner with organizations in the areas that align with our Project Rise mission of uplifting the communities where we live; be it by fighting food scarcity, promoting education, or environmental sustainability.
Mustansir Saufiddin continued, “We are blessed to live in this beautiful state of Michigan and the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit will continue our efforts of protecting the environment through efforts like these. Thank you to the City of Farmington Hills for their continued support which allows us to hold such initiatives.”