Green Tip of the Month: E-waste Recycling
Recycle computers and electronics.
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. View a list of “take back” programs in New York City that accept computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic devices. To recycle computers and related peripherals on campus, first contact IT to erase information from any hard drives, then arrange pick up with Custodial.
Recycle batteries, too.
Non-rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel which contaminate the environment when disposed of in the trash. Recycling them captures these metals, as well as plastic, which can be reused in the creation of new batteries. On campus, there are several receptacles for recycling batteries (see map). Of course, choosing rechargeable batteries reduces the numbers of batteries in the waste and recycling streams.
That's not all.
The university also recycles fluorescent lightbulbs, which can be dropped off at the Lab Safety office in Founder’s Hall A-10, and inkjet and laser printer toner cartridges, which can be dropped off at the Storeroom on the 1st floor of the Plaza Building.
Did You Know?
E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.