E-waste recycle day at CSUB

May 1, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host the second annual electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parking Lot E on campus.

The recycling event is in response to state regulations that make it unlawful to dispose of "universal waste," including all electronic devices, in common trash receptacles.

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' recycling program, decided to add e-waste to the program last year and continues the effort with this years event.

"Our May 12 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 E, provide some information for recording requirements, 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 May 12 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 electronic waste that contains a monitor screen, 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.

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