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E-waste recycling at CSUB
  April 3, 2006
CONTACT:
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, jloveless@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host an electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parking Lot I on campus.

The recycling event is a joint venture of CSUB, NexCycle, Inc., a recycling company; the City of Bakersfield, and County of Kern in response to new state regulations that went into effect Feb. 9 that make it unlawful to dispose of "universal waste" in common trash receptacles, including all electronic devices.

The e-waste recycling event heralds the addition of e-waste recycling receptacles to CSUB's recycling program on campus. The campus has had recycling receptacles for newspapers, plastics, glass, cardboard and other recyclables for many years in Parking Lot I.

E-waste has become a big enough issue that CSUB's recycling committee, which oversees the campus's recycling program, decided to add e-waste to the program.

"Our April 29 event will allow companies and area residents to bring their e-waste to a convenient site for recycling," said David Beadle, CSUB's director of safety and risk management. "The event is free. People just have to bring their e-waste to Lot I, and it will be properly disposed of."

Items that will be accepted that day are answering machines, camcorders, compact disk players, copiers, DVD players, electric typewriters, electronic games, fax machines, laptops, mainframe computers, cell phones, modems, pagers, PDA's, personal computers (CPU, monitors keyboards, mouses and peripherals), printers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, tape players, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, testing equipment, two-way radios, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), VCRs and word processors.

Also being accepted on April 29 are all batteries (except car batteries), which are also included in the universal waste law.

"By adding e-waste to our recycling program, we're able to not only provide a place where community members can bring their old computers, TVs and other obsolete electronic devices, but also we're able to provide a much needed source of money for various campus projects," Beadle said.

CSUB's recycling committee receives a fee from recycling companies for the waste that's deposited in the recycle receptacles, and that money is used to purchase various items on campus. For example, the "plastic lumber" handrails on campus outdoor stairways, which are made from recycled plastic milk and water jugs, were purchased with funds generated by the recycle program. The large umbrellas in front of the Jazzman coffee shop and in front of the Student Union were also purchased with recycle funds.

After the e-waste recycling event, CSUB will install "e-pod" electronic-waste-receptacles on campus and at the campus recycle center to receive electronic waste.

For more information about the e-waste recycling event, please call CSUB's Safety and Risk Management office at (661) 654-2066.

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