Just months after signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, Hobart and William Smith Colleges began participating in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition between colleges and universities intended to increase recycling and reduce waste. More than a decade later, HWS enters this year’s national competition targeting “E-cycleMania” a special category that encourages campuses to increase the amount of electronic waste being recycled.
Participating institutions report the amount of recycling and trash collected on their campuses over an eight-week period, with the week after spring break focused on electronic waste.
All electronics—whether brought from home or used on campus—can be left at the IT Helpdesk in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on campus from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. on March 26 through 30.
“E-waste is the fastest growing segment of materials discarded by society,” says HWS Sustainability Manager Michael Amadori. “The U.S. generates about 3.4 million tons of e-waste each year, of which 29 percent is recycled.”
The environmental damage caused by e-waste is exacerbated by the toxic materials used in their manufacture. “They contain harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame-retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs),” says Amadori. “If not disposed of properly, these materials can make it back into our ecosystem.”
All collected e-waste at the Colleges is taken to a certified Victor, N.Y. company, EWASTE+, where it is processed in an environmentally safe manner. “Many items still have value in terms of raw materials,” says Amadori. “Items that still work can be refurbished and given to someone in need.”
For more information, contact Amadori at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-781-3676.
These items may be recycled:
Batteries, Cables & IT accessories, Cameras, Computers, Computer mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, microphones, Copiers, Terminals, Electronics Scrap, Fax Machines, Gaming devices, Wiring & Cabling, GPS units, Lab & medical electronics, Laptops, Mainframe/ Midrange, Mobile devices (cell Phones, Tablets, PDAs, MP3 players), Monitors, Networking Gear, Phone systems, Power supplies, Printers & plotters (ink, toner, & cartridges), Routers & switches, Scanners, Servers & server racks, Stereo equipment, Storage devices (external hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, memory cards, card readers),Telecommunications Equipment, Televisions, Typewriters, Video & audio equipment.
These items may not be recycled:
Carbon monoxide detectors, Dehumidifiers, Devices containing liquid mercury (thermostats, switches, medical devices, thermometers), Freon containing devices/materials (refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers), Gas powered equipment, Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers), Small appliances (microwaves, toasters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers), Smoke detectors.