Austin College will hold an “e-waste” recycling event open to the public on Saturday, November 6, at 10 a.m. A recycling truck at the campus Physical Plant, located just off Brockett Street on Pacific, will accept unwanted electrical equipment and materials for recycling. The event is a part of the College’s Thinking Green initiative and its Great Day of Service.
The recycling is free, except for cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs and monitors (i.e., not flat screens), which will have a disposal fee of $5-$15, depending on size of CRT. CRTs contain hazardous materials and are a breakage hazard so require special handling by recyclers.
The College is working with a certified green recycler, e-Waste Collections of Irving, Texas, to ensure proper processing. The truck is expected to fill quickly, so it is recommended that recyclers arrive early. The event will end at 12:30 or when the truck is full.
A wide variety of items can be recycled—anything with a power cord or on/off button. Power cords, surge protectors, USB thumbdrives, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, and cassette tapes also can be recycled.
The items will be reviewed for possible reuse or refurbishing, which applies to about 20 to 30 percent of the items. Many refurbished items are sold to schools and charities at discounts, and others are broken down at the recycling facility for parts and materials. Raw materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass, and plastics are recovered and processed.
Austin College Thinking Green is part of the College’s commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship as part of the President’s Climate Commitment. The program emphasizes lifestyle changes such as recycling.
For more information, contact biology lab coordinator Kim Snipes at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on e-waste recycling, download the e-Waste Collections pdf.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.