Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 31, 2013

Faculty and staff help recycle 206 tons of electronic waste

University staff and faculty, along with help from the local community, contributed to the collection of 206 tons of electronic waste during the sixth annual e-waste recycling event.

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Volunteers unload electronics at the recent public e-waste recycling event at Pioneer High School. (Photo courtesty of Office of Campus Sustainability)

An estimated 2,480 vehicles passed through the drop-off locations during the three-day event, April 25-27. The community s collective efforts filled 17 semitrailers with recyclable electronics including laptops, desktops, televisions, microwaves and more.

"This event has become a welcomed service and well attended event by the community," said Barbara Hagan, sustainability administrator the Office of Campus Sustainability. "People look forward to attending each year and disposing of their electronics in an environmentally responsible manner."

 

Hosted by the Office of Campus Sustainability in partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools, the event is designed to help area residents, small businesses and non-profits dispose of electronics in an earth-friendly way.

Following the event, equipment is properly disassembled, shredded and recycled into raw materials to be reused to manufacture new items.

Since 2008, the event has filled 106 semitrailers and diverted a total of 1,374 tons of electronic waste from local landfills.

E-waste is the fastest-growing type of waste in the country and frequently contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury, which can adversely affect the environment.