E-waste Recycle Day

January 3, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host the third annual electronic waste, or e-waste, recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest Little League parking lot on campus, the event is open to all residents and businesses in Kern County.

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.

"Our January 12th 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, residents just have to bring their e-waste, provide some information for recording requirements, and it will be properly disposed of."

Electrical items that will be accepted include 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, mice, 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. "If you can plug it into a wall socket, we can generally accept it," Beadle added.

"We will also take all batteries, and battery packs at the event, however we can not accept car batteries, as they are regulated separately under the universal waste law," he said.

"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 income for campus environmental sustainability projects," Beadle said.

CSUB only receives a fee for recycling of electronic waste that contains a monitor screen, the fee received offsets the cost of recycling all the other e-waste, and the remaining money is used to purchase various items for use 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 campus recycle programs.

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