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CommuniTech to Hold Event for Penn Community to Recycle its Electronic Waste

February 2, 2010

In support of RecycleMania, the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s (SEAS) CommuniTech group will host an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event for the Penn community on Wednesday, February 3, from 10am to 4pm at Levine Hall.
Penn students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring in their old electronics and computer hardware from home for free disposal through the University’s e-waste recycler. Elemental, Inc. accepts all electronic waste, offering an alternative to landfill disposal, and ensures that all materials received are processed and recycled, destroyed or displaced in an environmentally correct manner in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Computing equipment e-waste contains a lot of heavy metals and toxic materials that can seep into the water supply or poison the ground. All of these materials can be contained, and most can be reused, if they are properly disposed. Last year, Penn recycled over 122,000 pounds of old electronic equipment.

The following items will be accepted at the February 3rd event:

  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Laptops
  • Desktops (towers)
  • Drives
  • Mice
  • VCR players
  • DVD players
  • Stereos
  • Speakers
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Wires
  • Circuit Boards
  • Other Small Electronics

Items NOT being accepted include screens (monitors, televisions, etc.), refrigerators, and freezers (or any products containing Freon).

Penn offices and departments are asked to organize a separate pickup to dispose of University-owned computers, monitors, printers, copiers, and electronic appliances.

Visit the Green IT website to learn more about how to dispose of electronics responsibly.

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) provides awareness initiatives about electronic equipment that may contain heavy metals and other materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment.

CommuniTech’s mission is to assist neighborhoods in need by supplying them with computers and teaching technology skills to their residents. Their efforts stem from the recognition that the computer has become a central facet of everyday life in this rapidly advancing age of information technology.

Click here to visit the Penn CommuniTech website.

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