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Get Rid of E-Waste Safely

Get Rid of E-Waste Safely

An electronic waste recycling event at UC Riverside is one of many events on campus to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability

(April 14, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Just in time for Earth Day, UC Riverside is hosting an e-waste event that is designed to provide a collection point for the disposal of unneeded, outdated and broken electronics that cannot be taken to landfills.

Held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in parking lot 30 at Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the event is part of the ongoing campus’ sustainability efforts.

“We took advantage of the awareness that national Earth Day provides to host this community event to provide a quick and easy drop-off point for electronics that have potential to harm the environment if disposed of incorrectly,” said Ed Trujillo, waste operation supervisor at Environmental Health and Safety. “It is just one of the many ways that our campus is working to encourage everyone to kind to our environment.”

Computers, monitors, printers and other related items, televisions, telephones, cell phones, toner cartridges, gaming systems, photo and video equipment, and batteries are among the items that will be accepted.

These items present a danger to the environment because they contain hazardous substances, such as lead and mercury. They cannot be disposed as part of household or commercial trash pickup, or taken to the landfill.

Each type of electronics is recycled differently. Most circuit boards and some hard drives will be resold for parts. Unusable circuit boards will be chopped into powder and separated into fiberglass, metals and precious metals. Plastic housings, which often contain unknown resins, might be used as roadbed fill. Efforts are also underway to find ways to use them as flooring, or computer and automotive parts. Metal parts will be sold as scrap.

This is the second year for the event. Last year, organizers collected 40,000 pounds during the five hour event.

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