MU to collect old electronics as part of Sustainability Week

Friday, April 6, 2012 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 6:42 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — As a part of Sustain Mizzou's Sustainability Week, MU will collect old electronics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 through 25 at Lowry Mall and in the MU Student Center.

According to an informational email about the event, Mid-MO Recycling will dispose of some large electronic items, which usually cost donors about $20 to dispose, for free at the e-waste recycling event.

At last year's drive, 2.3 tons of electronics were donated in three days, according to a news release. This year, Sustain Mizzou members have been working to beat last year's record with more promotion and advertising for the event. 

Sustain Mizzou member Tina Casagrand said she sent informational emails to people with access to listserves and faculty contacts to get word around campus. She said there is also a Facebook event helping to advertise for the e-waste recycling drive. 

Casagrand said that because the drive is a part of Sustainability Week, MU has played a big role in putting fliers up all over campus and involving students. 

The email answers three commonly asked questions about the event:

  • What will Sustain Mizzou accept as e-waste?
    Sustain Mizzou will accept any electronic with a cord or battery, including laptops, computers, TVs, hair dryers, calculators, DVD or CD players, electronic toothbrushes, stereos, cellphone and laptop chargers and cords, microwaves, hair straighteners, keyboards, cell phones, home phones, etc. 
  • Why recycle old electronics?
    Recycling old electronics and e-waste items will help to keep toxins out of landfills and prevent electronics from being improperly handled when shipped overseas.  
  • What should people do with big or heavy items? 
    People should bring large items to Lowry Mall; donors can drive up and load and unload large items into a trailer parked between the Student Success Center and the Fine Arts Building. 

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