UNCG Campus Weekly

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Batteries and discs can’t be thrown in trash

On July 1, a new landfill ban went into effect, says Ben Kunka (Waste Reduction and Recycling).

Electronics, or “e-waste,” may not be tossed into the trash. Electronics are defined as batteries, computer parts, cell phones and computer media (such as CDs, DVDs and tapes).

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) has collected these items for many years mostly via interoffice mail and special pickups around campus. The OWRR will continue to receive these items in this manner. However, in order to make collection of these items simpler and easier, the OWRR has recently installed 4 new collection containers for E-waste:

  • in the EUC next to the CashPoints machine
  • in the lobby of Outdoor Adventures at the Student Recreation Center
  • in Mossman’s first floor recycling area
  • near the time-clock in the Sink Building.

The new bin is blue and gold, made out of recycled plastic, and has slots to accept toner/ inkjet cartridges, cell phones, batteries (all types) and disks (all types).

E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. “Recycling E-waste makes sense for the planet, our finances and our health.” he said. Those with questions may call the OWRR at 4-5192.