University partners with local company to recycle electronics

February 23, 2010 | News, UToday
By Jeffrey Romagni

Because electronic devices become obsolete faster than any other tools used, and most contain hazardous and environmentally damaging materials, both the cost and consequences of disposing of these devices can add up fast.

The University of Toledo has partnered with Affinity Information Management (AIM), electronic recycling and document destruction specialists located in Sylvania, to handle the disposal of all campus electronic equipment.

Before switching to AIM, broken or obsolete equipment had to be taken apart, separated by component, and individually packaged before it could be collected for disposal. Now equipment from any campus location will be picked up and recycled within 48 hours of notification.

“This new way of recycling has saved the University in a number of ways,” explained Daniel Royer, UT manager of building services and recycling. “We will avoid charges to throw away equipment that could not be recycled; lower transportation, packaging and shipping costs; and eliminate the fees associated with dealing with the heavy metals found in older monitors.”

Free pickup can be arranged for most electronic devices, including computers, laptops, printers, modems, radios, cables, cell phones, monitors, telephone equipment, game consoles and fax machines.

“This is in keeping with the University’s commitment to be good environmental stewards,” Royer said. “We are constantly looking for new ways to make the University, community and the world a better place.”

For more information, contact Royer at 419.530.4942.

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