E-Waste Collection at Webster Groves Campus

Apr. 18, 2013

ST. LOUIS, APRIL 18, 2013 - If you are spring cleaning, then it's time to safely and responsibly dispose of all your electronic waste and clutter you no longer need or want.

A variety of electronics will be accepted for proper recycling at no charge to University students, faculty, staff, and Webster Groves residents from 8a.m. to 1p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the university's parking lot O, which is east of the parking garage on Garden Avenue. Signs around campus will direct you to the recycling drop-off location.

The university has partnered with Midwest Recycling Center for the e-waste collection event.

"We're very excited that we can provide this recycling opportunity for Webster University and residents of the surrounding communities," said Julian Schuster, Webster University's provost and senior vice president. This bi-annual event will add to our growing sustainability efforts by addressing a significant waste stream.

"Diverting hazardous material from the landfill and increasing recycling of recoverable material is a huge part of reducing our environmental footprint," said Brad Wolaver, Webster University's sustainability coordinator.

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams today and it is growing at three times the rate of municipal waste globally. The EPA estimates 20-50 million tons of electronic waste are disposed worldwide every year. E-waste represents 2 percent of the U.S.'s trash in landfills, but it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.

Accepted items include, but are not limited to: computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, TV's, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, CDs/DVDs, battery operated devices, appliances with cords, such as microwaves, blenders, stoves, refrigerators, lab equipment, power tools, medical equipment, lead-acid and rechargeable batteries. You may also drop-off ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, light bulbs, and other metal items for evaluation.

Collection bins for small items such as cell phones, CDs/DVDs, batteries, and small appliances will be located throughout campus for easy drop-off prior to and after the event. A map of these bin locations is located online athttp://www.webster.edu/sustainability/recycling/ewaste.html.

This event is not for recycling University-owned equipment, such as computers, laptops, etc.

Visit http://www.webster.edu/sustainability/recycling/ewaste.html for additional information.