Looking for a environmentally friendly way to dispose of old computers, TV's, monitors and a wide variety of other electronic products? The University of Michigan-Flint is joining with two other partners to give you an opportunity to get rid of those unwanted items. Here's how:
All three University of Michigan campuses (Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn) in conjunction with local community partners are hosting three, free electronic waste recycling events on May 7, 8 and 9th. Typically, this type of event is only open to residents. However, this event is open to local businesses and residents in the area.
In Flint, the Genesee County Land Bank is hosting the collection site at W. Hemphill and S. Grand Traverse at the Genesee Business Center (formerly Great Lakes Tech Center),at the following dates/times:
Ö Local business and non-profit organizations: May 7-8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We encourage businesses to pre register online at http://michigan.poweron.com/p/register so that we can better manage the anticipated volume of computers and electronic waste.
General public: May 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
E-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the country and frequently contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury, which can adversely affect the environment. E-Waste includes everything from laptops to desktops to televisions and telephones. Throwing away electronics like this consumes landfill space and wastes precious raw materials which could be reused to manufacture new materials. In 2008, UM's E-Waste Recycling event in Ann Arbor filled 11 semi-trailers, keeping 145 tons of hazardous e-waste out of local landfills. We hope to see this same level of interest and success again this year at all three locations (Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn). For a complete list of accepted materials, and additional information on the free recycling events, visit: www.climatesavers.umich.edu/e-waste.
"Many individuals and organizations don't realize what to do with electronics they no longer need, and those items end up in landfills," said Bill Wrobleski, project director of the CSCI @ U-M. "By offering free recycling, our goal is to help responsibly dispose of old or unused electronic equipment without creating more waste, and without putting data at risk."
An EPA-certified company will responsibly recycle all e-waste items dropped off at the events. The collected equipment will be destroyed and recycled in the U.S. in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.