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UPDATE: MU to collect old electronics as part of Sustainability Week

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 4:40 p.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — The MU Student Center is the sole location for dropping off old electronics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday as part of Sustain Mizzou's Sustainability Week.

A previous Missourian article reported that there would be two locations for residents to dispose of their old electronic items.

The switch in venues came because there were too many events scheduled at Lowry Mall, said Steve Burdic, faculty advisor for Sustain Mizzou.

"Plus, two locations would be confusing," he said.

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 increased promotion of 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, the university 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 the MU Student Center; donors can drive up and load and unload large items into a trailer inside of the MU Student Center as well as in the parking lot.

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