On Thursday, October 25th, the Office of Sustainability, WashU IT Information and Security Office, and the School of Medicine’s Operations & Facilities Management Department will be hosting an e-waste recycling and confidential paper shredding event. All are welcome to bring accepted items to the collection drive, in the food truck area at Scott and Taylor Avenue between 7am and 9:30am. All confidential papers and hard drives will be securely and safely recycled by certified vendors.
Electronic waste (or “e-waste”) has historically had a very low rate of recycling, at only 12.5%. While it comprises only a small percent of all waste, it represents the vast majority of toxic waste in landfills. Additionally, it is the fastest growing source of landfill waste. However, when recycled, many highly valuable materials can be recovered from electronics. Currently over $60 million worth of gold and silver inside electronics is dumped into landfills every year.
“Anything with a cord” can be recycled at this event, including computers and accessories, lawn and garden equipment, power tools, and kitchen appliances.
The following items cannot be accepted:
- University-owned items (request a pick up of these items through this form any time)
- CDs/DVDs/VHS (although we can accept CD, DVD and VHS players)
- Light bulbs
Most items will be accepted at no cost. Items that require a disposal fee due to hazardous components are listed below:
- CRT Monitor – $5
- CRT TV 26in or smaller – $30
- CRT TV 27in or larger – $50
- LED/LCD TV – $20
- Freon items – $10
- Hazardous materials fees can be paid via cash or check onsite.
Confidential office papers will also be accepted and securely shredded at no charge.
Collection events are offered in March on the Danforth Campus and in October on the WUSM Campus.