On Tuesday, October 1st, the Office of Information Security, Office of Sustainability, and Operations & Facilities Management will be hosting an e-waste recycling and confidential paper shredding event. This event is the first in a series of events sponsored by the Information Security Office and our partners in celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).
All are welcome to bring accepted items to the collection drive, which will take place at the food truck area (at the corner of Scott Ave. and Taylor Ave.) on the School of Medicine Campus between 7 am and 10 am. All confidential papers and hard drives will be securely and safely recycled by certified vendors.
Electronic waste (or “e-waste”) has historically had a very low rate of recycling, at only 12.5%. While it comprises only a small percent of all waste, it represents the vast majority of toxic waste in landfills. Additionally, it is the fastest-growing source of landfill waste. However, when recycled, many highly valuable materials can be recovered from electronics. Currently, over $60 million worth of gold and silver inside electronics is dumped into landfills every year.
“Anything with a cord” can be recycled at this event, including computers and accessories, lawn and garden equipment, power tools, and kitchen appliances. VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs will also be accepted. This event is open to the community and is only for personal (non-university-owned) items.