As part of our Environmental Impact initiatives, The Longwood Graduate Program Fellows hold a biannual Electronics Recycling Day to assist our peers in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware in the proper disposal of their e-waste.
Thoughts of spring-cleaning must have been running through the collective campus-mind because over 200 unique items were brought in for recycling during the course of the three-hour event. Older model printers and obsolete computer towers continued to be the most donated items, while we saw a sharp decline in the number of CRT television sets.
As an added incentive, The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens donated heirloom tomato seedlings to be distributed to all Electronics Recycling Day participants.
All electronic equipment was brought to the UD recycling center, with the exception of cellular phones, which were donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Donate A Phone program.
On Thursday, October 14, the Environmental Impact team put together the 4th Electronics Recycling Day for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Despite the dreary weather, enough people took advantage of the free two-hour collection of electronics waste and plastic bags to result in these piles:
Thanks to Rebecca Pineo for helping us throughout, to Ashby Leavell for helping us load up the van, and to Larry Armstrong of the UD Farm for volunteering the van to bring the whole load to UD Supporting Services.
For the curious, the electronics waste collected by UD Supporting Services is sent on to Delaware Solid Waste Authority, which works with Baltimore-based Computer Donation Management, which disposes of the material responsibly in the U.S., rather than shipping it off to developing nations with lax environmental policies. For this ERD, we also collected a number of cell phones, which we set aside to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The plastic bags are collected year-round in a bin in the Townsend Hall Commons; they are picked up and processed into new materials by Precision AirConvey.
I don’t know about you, but looking at the amount of STUFF that passes through our hands at the workplace and at home gives me pause for thought. Modern life does seem to require that we throw away a lot of things in order to keep up with what’s new, and nowhere is that so evident as in the electronics we use. The least we can do is make sure that we get rid of these things responsibly, which is why the EI team is happy to facilitate this collection every semester for the College. So if you missed this one, hold on to those dead batteries, old phones, printers, computers, miscellaneous cords, etc. until next spring! You know you’ve got at least a few.