It is no surprise that many houses have more than a few electronics that are no longer in use. Whether it is an out-of-date laptop, an obsolete VCR, or your college speaker system (good at house parties, but little practical application in the real world), electronics around the house can start to pile up. Today, technology develops so rapidly that it can be difficult to properly dispose of electronics before purchasing the newest model. Luckily, the University of Toledo and AIMecycling are here to help.
SEED will host a community electronics recycling drive on Saturday, February 6th from 10am-1pm. Located in Parking Area 25 near Rocket Hall, this event will collect personal electronic items such as printers, VCRs, and speakers- all for free! Additionally, this event kicks off our eight-week Recyclemania initiative, where campuses across the nation will work to increase the amount of materials diverted from the landfill.
So I know what you’re probably thinking- why waste time recycling my old electronics, when I could just throw them away? There are many reasons to consider this method of disposal during your spring cleaning:
- Electronic waste contains a variety of valuable resources, such as aluminum, copper, or gold. Instead of producing all new equipment from brand new resources, utilizing these recoverable parts can save significant amounts of money, energy, and resources.
- Electronic waste also contains toxic materials, such as lead and chemical flame retardants. If these materials sit in a landfill, they have the potential to seep into our soil and water supply.
- We save energy, lower pollution, and reduce emissions by reusing resources instead of mining new ones.
- By recycling electronics, you are helping others. The community benefits by the transfer of these materials to those in need- “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
- Finally, e-cycling preserves landfill space, and increases the area for items that actually need to be there.
Overall, there is a very low risk and a very high reward for taking the time to recycle your unused electronics. Help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint by joining us on February 6th!
Contrary to the blurb below, this post is produced by SEED PR & Communications Intern Jessica Mysyk