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Hollins University is once again providing businesses, schools and households in western Virginia the opportunity to recycle their old computers, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic devices at no cost during the second annual Hollins E-Waste Recycling Event.Companies, colleges, and public and private schools are invited to bring their end-of-life electronics to the Hollins campus on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The general public is encouraged to look through their closets, attics or basements and bring old equipment to Hollins on Saturday, November 8, also from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hollins University President Nancy Gray says the community’s enthusiastic response to last year’s event combined with a significant number of subsequent requests from businesses and individuals for more e-waste collection days convinced organizers that another event should be held."
Last year, Hollins far surpassed its goal of recycling 200,000 pounds of e-waste by collecting 831,579 pounds of old computers, TVs, VCRs, and other items in partnership with three other Virginia universities," Gray says. "
Since then, we’ve received countless phone calls and e-mails from people wanting to know when we plan to do this again, so we are excited to once more offer an opportunity for the community to safely and responsibly recycle their e-waste."Renee Godard, professor of biology at Hollins and one of the leaders of this initiative, notes that e-waste recycling events such as this are playing a major role in addressing one of the world’s most serious environmental crises."
Toxic materials such as lead, mercury, chlorine and bromine are commonly used in electronics, and if these devices are dumped into solid waste systems, the toxins can seep from landfills into groundwater or be released by incinerator emissions or ash."She adds that hazardous e-waste is often sent to China, India and Pakistan for recycling, but once there it often is simply discarded.
Even if recycling occurs, the process used in those countries is dangerous to workers and pollutes the environment."The e-waste we collect will again this year be transported to a recycling facility in the U.S. that processes material on-site instead of sending it to developing countries with differing views on worker health and safety," explains Greg Henderson, Hollins’ director of information technology support.
Materials that will be accepted at the Hollins E-Waste Recycling Event include:
Central Processing Units (CPUs)
Printers and Scanners
Computer Monitors and Speakers
Cell Phones, Pagers and PDAs
Routers, Servers, Software, Switches
Televisions and VCRs
Stereos and Tape Players
Facsimile (Fax) Machines
Cameras and Camcorders
Appliances, non-computer batteries, and equipment contaminated by chemical or biological agents will not be accepted.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.hollins.edu/ewaste