The time to dispose of your old, broken or unwanted electronics is now.
The University of Toledo’s Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design (SEED) Initiative will kick off Recyclemania, an eight-week recycling competition that draws participants from colleges across the United States and Canada, with a community electronics recycling drive.
Community members are invited to drop off laptops, computers, printers, speakers, cameras, cell phones, VCRs and more. Any data-bearing devices will be wiped.
Televisions, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and CRT monitors will not be accepted, as they have to undergo a different recycling process.
“Recycling electronics instead of sending them to the landfill has environmental, social and economic benefits, including conserving rare minerals currently mined unsustainably, often through poor working conditions,” said Neil Tabor, sustainability specialist for the UT SEED Initiative.
The initiative is pairing up with Affinity Information Management (AIMecycling), an R-2 Certified recycler located in Toledo, to handle items.
“Choosing to recycle through a local company returns money to the Toledo economy and saves on extra pickup fees for bulkier items,” Tabor said.
Last year, the University took ninth place in the electronics recycling category of Recyclemania, thanks in part to the success of the 2015 community electronics recycling drive.
For more information about the recycling drive, contact Tabor at SEED@utoledo.edu or 419.530.1042.