Marywood University Holds Annual Electronics Recycling Event- April 17

Published on Mon, April 12, 2010

Marywood University will hold an Electronics Recycling event on April, 17 from 9a.m.-2p.m. in the “Pit” parking lot. (Directional signs will be posted throughout campus.) Individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to bring their old electronic items to campus to be properly recycled by Waste Management. Last year, members of the community brought in over 7.2 tons of electronics for recycling. This year, the recycling event committee hopes to double that amount and collect 15 tons of recyclable electronics. Almost all electronic equipment that plug- in or has embedded batteries will be accepted. Examples of the most commonly collected items are as follows: computer monitors, keyboards, CPUs, printers, cell phones, televisions, VCRs, stereo equipment, fax machines, and corded and cordless phones. Unfortunately we are unable to accept the following items: Microwaves, smoke alarms and detectors, fire alarms and detectors, thermometers, dehumidifiers, large appliances (such as refrigerators and washing machines), medical equipment, and any items that are not dry. According to Earth911, an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers, Americans has an estimated 3 billion electronics. Unfortunately, improper disposal of e-waste creates a significant burden on landfills because toxic substances can filter into the soil and groundwater. The total annual global volume of e-waste is expected to reach about 40 million metric tons. Although e-waste accounts for only 1 to 4 percent of municipal waste, it may be responsible for as much as 70 percent of the heavy metals in landfills, including 40 percent of all lead. E-waste is resourceful. Items such as glass, copper, aluminum, and plastic and other components can often be extracted and reused. Live entertainment, food, refreshments, and a raffle will be provided on the day of the event.