By Kristina Michel
Last year, the Office of Sustainability made a huge impact on reducing waste when it recycled more than 1,700 pounds of old and unused electronics in its very first RecycleMania electronics recycling drive. This year, it's hoping to make an even bigger impact.
The Office of Sustainability will hold its second annual electronics recycling drive in conjunction with Bass Computer Recycling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at the Student Center circle drive. The UH community is invited to bring any old, unused electronics equipment to the drive.
Items that will be accepted include mainframes, cable/wire, phones, networking equipment, testing equipment, VCR/DVD players, computers, circuit boards, scanners servers, drivers, monitors, printers, cell phones, power strips and fax machines. A full list of acceptable materials is available here.
Things that will not be accepted include refrigerators, wood, paper, non-computer plastics, televisions, hazardous materials, household appliances, larger copiers and ferrous materials. No University of Houston-owned property will be accepted.
All electronics equipment donated to the drive will be processed by Bass Computer Recycling, an R2 certified recycler with more than 24 years of experience. Bass Computer Recycling will clean, test and refurbish the equipment for resale. Any equipment not fit for resale will be deconstructed for sorting and recycling.
The electronics recycling drive marks the end of UH activities in the national RecycleMania competition, which continues until April 2. The eight-week competition invites colleges across the U.S. and Canada to benchmark and improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste. The UH community can view UH’s results and final rankings in the competition on the national RecycleMania website at www.recyclemaniacs.org.
Students, faculty, staff and supporters who plan to donate items can go online and print a flier to place on their car windshields to let traffic control volunteers know they are there to drop off their electronics equipment.