Thursday, April 07
E&H Hosts Electronic Recycling Event
Did you know that it's a $10,000 fine to toss a television or computer monitor into a landfill? The average CRT monitor or television has eight pounds of hazardous waste in it.
The Emory & Henry Library and Information Technology Services Department is sponsoring its third E-Waste: Electronic Recycling event in conjunction with East Tennessee State University and Apple, Inc.
Bring in your old TVs, computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, cameras, Nintendos and any other electronics you wish to recycle in an environmentally sound way. We are accepting any personal household electronics as well, so bring your old cordless phones in with the rest of the recycling.
"The main thing we want to convey to the people on campus is that all recycling is NOT created equally," said Chief Information Officer & Director of the Library Lorraine Abraham. "There is recycling and then there is ethical recycling. Most recycling in the United States ends up going over to West Africa or China where it is dumped and becomes huge mountains of hazardous waste, which pollutes the Earth and also makes those people who eek out a living picking out copper wiring and other resellable components sick. Our recycling event sends the donated items to an ethical recycling facility (one of only three in the US) near Memphis, which safely removes and contains the hazardous waste materials so that they don’t cause pollution and illness."
All electronics for recycling can be dropped off at the Help Desk on the ground floor of the Kelly Library building through Thursday, April 7.
Pick up of old technology from any location on campus is available. Interested individuals just need to call the Help Desk to arrange a pick up time. If you wish to drop off items, please call Beth White at ext. 6881 or 6690. Assistance getting your items into the building is also available.
All computer hard drives are removed from each computer and physically destroyed, so you don’t have to worry about personal information being retrieved.
If you have questions, or need further information, please call Beth White at ext 6881 or 6690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.