Electronic waste is perhaps the most important type of waste stream in the 21st century. With the proliferation of electronics in every aspect of our lives it is important that we are mindful of what happens to our electronics once we no longer want them. If electronics are thrown away in a municipal landfill harmful chemicals and heavy metals can leach out into the soil. Equally as important is where some recyclers send their waste, many times it is to developing nations where children are used to separate out the valuable metals. To see why electronic recycling is important please click the link here or see the related pages section.
Though Electronics play an important role in our lives not many institutions (School, municipalities, cities, etc.) have robust and socially conscious electronic waste recycling practices. Fortunately here at the University of Puget Sound we have a robust and expansive electronic waste recycling program.
By partnering with a local vendor Green PC, the university is able to recycle more just computers and cellphone; the university is able to recycle everything from a CD to an air hockey table. The reason for this is because Green PC is a "E-Cycle Washington" Vender meaning that it complies with Washington States Electronic Products Recycle Rule and Washington State Department of Ecology's performance standards.
For more information on Green PC and E-Cycle Washington please see the links above or under the related pages section.
Not only does Sustainability Services collect electronic waste year round but we also hold an annual electronic waste drive during Earth Week called the E-Waste Campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about electronic waste on campus as well as allow individuals who work or live at the University of Puget Sound to bring in electronics from their homes to be recycled. Please see the link here for more information.