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Electronic Waste Recycling Days

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Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Media Advisory: IU E-Waste Collection Days this week

What: Electronic Waste Collection Days
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8-9 for schools, universities, businesses and non-profit organizations; April 10 for general public
Where: Purple Lot north of Memorial Stadium, IU Bloomington

April 6, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Electronic Waste Collection Days, a free electronic waste recycling drive hosted by Indiana University Bloomington, will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8-10.

The program will be open to all public and private schools, universities, businesses and non-profit organizations on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be open to the general public on Saturday, also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

E waste collection photo

Photo by Heather Brogden

Print-Quality Photo

The collection will take place in the Purple parking lot to the north of Memorial Stadium. The event location is sponsored by IU Athletics. Staff will be on hand to unload e-waste from vehicles.

Complete information, including maps, hours and a list of accepted items, is available at Businesses and other organizations are asked to register in advance at

None of the electronics received at E-Waste Collection Days will be processed for resale. Anything that could potentially contain sensitive data, such as cell phones or computers, will be shredded. One hundred percent of the equipment dropped off will be recycled and kept out of landfills. Recycling services are provided by Apple.

IU E-Waste Collection Days takes place as the state of Indiana begins implementing an Electronic Waste Program that requires electronics manufacturers to help pay for collecting and recycling of e-waste and imposes reporting requirements on e-waste collectors and recyclers.

According to a recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste, in 2007 only 18 percent of electronic products that had reached the end of their lifecycle were recycled. In addition, the EPA estimates that about 235 million electronic products sit unused in homes nationwide.