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University's First E-waste Recycling Event a Huge Success!

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University and community members recycled nearly 23,000 lbs of e-waste and other items at our event on May 7th. The event was a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Services, and the Office of Civic Engagement. Because there are few options for recycling e-waste on the South Side, the event was offered to the University community as an opportunity to responsibly dispose of difficult-to-recycle items. For more information on the event, click here.

recyclingevent-unloadingtruck.jpgA truck load of e-waste was collected at an area condominium association and was unloaded at the event.

recyclingevent-styrofoam.jpg691 pounds of Styrofoam were collected.

52 of the above computer monitors were dropped off for recycling, in addition to 15 LCD monitors.

recyclingevent-travelmug.jpgFax machines, watches, telephones and cords were also recycled--in addition to several pick axes!

recyclingevent-dropoffcontainers.jpgDrop-off containers, which were placed at Ratner, SSA, Pick Hall, and Harper Memorial Libaray throughout the week, filled up quickly with e-waste from folks who couldn't make the event.

recyclingevent-couch.jpg"Excuse me," said six-year-old Gabriel, "we'd like to recycle this couch."

recyclingevent-loading.jpgAt the conclusion of the event, pallets with 4' x 4' x 4' boxes of recyclables were loaded into a 52'-long truck. Recyclables were then transported to Intercon Solutions' Chicago Heights processing facility, where all materials and their components were taken apart my hand and securely recycled.

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