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E-Waste Disposal Provided on Earth Day

UCR Earth Week Activities Include “E-Cycle” Electronic-Waste Disposal for the Public

Events on campus raise awareness of the importance of sustainability

(April 17, 2008)

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The documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" will be shown Thursday, April 24 in conjunction with Earth Week at UCR.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Guest speakers, exhibits, films and even a place to dump that unwanted computer will mark Earth Week April 21 through 25 at the University of California, Riverside.

Students and waste management professionals will be on hand to collect electronic waste from the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in Lot 30, which is at Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

“This invitation is extended to the local community in hopes that the residents and even students will bring in old computers and electronics so the e-waste can be recycled and not end up in regular trash bins,” said Brian Kermath, UCR sustainability manager. “Less than 20 percent of U.S. e-waste is recovered for recycling.”

If treated properly, electronic waste is a valuable source of secondary raw materials. However, if not treated properly, it is a major source of toxins and carcinogens. Rapid technology change, low initial cost and even planned obsolescence have resulted in a fast-growing problem around the globe. Although electronic waste represents 2 percent of America's trash in landfills, it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. UCR generated 11,260 pounds of electronic recycle waste in 2007.

This disposal effort considers e-waste to include computers, printers, telephones, televisions, cameras, cell phones, microwave ovens and batteries. Large appliances, such as refrigerators, will not be accepted.

The Earth Day Committee, a collaboration of interested sustainability organizations on campus and student environmentalists, has organized a full week of events that promote conservation, sustainability, recycling, alternative energy sources and transportation.

As part of the Bourns College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, electric car pioneer Wally Rippel will speak on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Engineering Building II, rooms 205 and 206. Rippel, who has been awarded 24 patents, was featured in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” The film will be shown at the Barn on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m.

Through guest speakers, public demonstrations, film screenings, and hands-on activities like tree planting and recycling programs, organizers hope to stimulate the UCR community with ideas and solutions to environmental challenges.

For more information, contact 951-827-4248.

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