Free campus-wide e-waste recycling event May 13th

April 20, 2011

Do you have an old TV sitting in your basement, a box of old cell phones, or some broken computer speakers? You know you want to get rid of them, but aren’t sure where or how. Now you can! Bring these and many other items to our free recycling event on Friday, May 13th in the Kimbark Gravel Lot (located between 60th and 61st on Kimbark Ave.) between 8am – 1pm. Coffee will be provided by Robust Coffee Lounge!

This is the Office of Sustainability’s second e-waste recycling event. Last year, hundreds of people from the University and community participated, recycling well over 22,000 lbs of material.

If you’re unable to make the event on the 13th, we are also offering four convenient drop-off locations starting Monday May 9th. All items will be picked up by 1pm on Friday May 13th. Look for large (4’ x 4’) boxes at each of these locations:

Because there are few options for recycling e-waste on the South Side, the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with IT Services, is offering this recycling event to the University and South Side communities as an opportunity to responsibly dispose of difficult-to-recycle items. While the event focuses on e-waste, other items will be accepted, such as scientific equipment and items with significant metal components. Please consult the list below for an overview of all accepted items.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is anything you want to get rid of that has a plug, a battery, or was once electric equipment or a component of electric equipment (like fans, calculators, disk drives, computers, keyboards, space heaters, etc).

E-waste has significant consequences for the environment once it gets into landfill. Electronic equipment often includes contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. All of these contaminants can leach into the water supply once disposed of in landfill, causing significant health impacts.

In 2007, the U.S. generated 3 million tons of e-waste. You can help by bringing your outdated, broken, or unused electronics to our event on May 13th. For more information on e-waste, read this article or visit the Electronics Take Back Coalition.

How will these items be recycled?

Our partner, ACME e-rase and e-cycle, disassembles and recycles every component of every item that enters their facility, located just a few miles away in Bridgeport. Office of Sustainability staff has visited this facility and is working closely with them so you can be confident that these items are being recycled responsibly.

What items will be accepted?

All types of e-waste will be accepted for recycling, in addition to scientific equipment and items with significant metal components. Additional items will be accepted on Friday only, see below.

Items accepted all week long:

  • Air conditioner
  • Batteries
  • Boom Box
  • Bridge
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • CD Player
  • CD Walkman
  • Cell Phone
  • Computer Speaker
  • Copy Machine
  • Cords and Cables
  • CPU
  • CRT
  • Desktop Copy Machine
  • Desktop Plotter
  • DVD Player
  • Fax Machine
  • Hub
  • Ink/Toner Cartridges
  • IPod
  • Keyboard
  • Laptop
  • Mainframe Cabinets
  • Metal
  • Microwave
  • Mice
  • Modem
  • Monitor
  • MP3 Player
  • Printer
  • Radio
  • Refrigerator
  • Router
  • Scanner
  • Speakers
  • Stand Alone Plotter
  • Stereo Receiver
  • Tape Walkman
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Terminal
  • Vacuum
  • VCR
  • Video Game System
  • Small UPS

Additional recyclable materials include:

  • Scientific equipment (e.g. microscopes, oscilloscopes)
  • Electronic medical equipment (non-hazardous)
  • Anything that has a significant metal component (e.g. aluminum shelves, furniture with metal frame, filing cabinets)

Items also accepted but only at the Friday event:

  • Light bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), fluorescent tubes of all lengths, incandescent, etc.)
  • Functional computers and associated peripherals (e.g., mice, keyboards, monitors), which will be refurbished and distributed to local schools by Computers for Schools

Still have questions? Contact the Office of Sustainability.