CSUB to host electronic waste recycling event

January 5, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host the fourth annual electronic waste, or e-waste, recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Southwest Little League parking lot on campus. The event is open to all Kern County residents.

County businesses and school districts can drop-off their e-waste at the same location Jan. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The January event allows both companies and area residents to bring their e-waste to a convenient site for recycling," explained David Beadle, CSUB's director of safety and risk management. "The event is free to the public and those wishing to recycle only need to bring their e-waste, provide information for recording requirements, and we will properly disposed of the items."

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 said. "We will also take batteries and battery packs at the event. However, we cannot accept car batteries, as they are regulated separately under the universal waste law.

"By adding e-waste to our recycling program, we are able to provide a place where the public and local businesses can bring their old computers, TVs and other obsolete electronic devices for proper disposal. In addition to protecting our environment, this program provides much needed income for campus environmental sustainability projects."

CSUB receives a fee for all recycled electronic waste that includes a monitor screen. The income offsets the cost of recycling all other e-waste, and any remaining money is used to purchase various items for use on campus. For example, the "plastic lumber" handrails on campus outdoor stairways are made from recycled plastic milk and water jugs, and were purchased with funds generated by the campus recycling program.

For more information about the e-waste recycling event, please call CSUB's Safety and Risk Management Office at (661) 654-6320 or (661) 654-2066.