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What Are the Hazards of Old Electronic Equipment?
Along with many other serious issues facing our environment, the world is experiencing a crisis in electronic waste. Toxic materials such as lead, mercury, chlorine and bromine are commonly used in producing computers and other electronics, and if these devices are dumped into solid waste systems after they have outlived their usefulness, the toxins can seep from landfills into groundwater or be released by incinerator emissions or ash.

Hazardous e-waste is often sent to developing countries for recycling. However, once there it is often simply discarded. Even if recycling occurs, the process used in those countries is very dangerous to workers and pollutes the general environment.

Is There a Safe Alternative to Dumping or Incinerating?
The good news is that end-of-life electronics can be recycled responsibly, which is why Old Dominion University is hosting its first-ever E-Waste Recycling Event October 11 - 13.

Businesses and industries, area school systems, colleges and universities, and the general public can bring their old electronic equipment to our campus.

From here, tractor trailer trucks will transport what we collect to a Massachusetts recycling facility that processes material on-site instead of sending it to countries with differing views on worker health and safety. This facility obtains the maximum amount of reusable materials possible and complies with laws and regulations concerning occupational health. It also guarantees the complete removal and destruction of digitized personal information stored on hard drives or other media. (Virginia law requires that all state agencies, their field operations, and institutions of higher education properly remove all Commonwealth data from hard drives prior to disposal or release.)

What Materials Are Accepted at the Hollins E-Waste Recycling Event?
The following items are acceptable for recycling:

Computer Systems & Accessories
· Cables
· CD-ROM/DVD Drives
· CPUs
· All-in-One CPU/Display
· Hubs
· Keyboards
· Laptops
· LCD Displays
· Memory
· Mice
· Monitors
· Routers
· Servers
· Software
· Speakers
· Switches
· UPS Systems
· Wires

Handheld Devices
· Cell Phones
· Pagers
· PDAs
· Two-way Radios

Audio & Video Equipment
· Camcorders
· Cameras
· Projection Televisions
· Game Systems
· Radios
· Stereos
· Tape Players
· Televisions
· VCRs

Office Equipment
· Adding Machines
· Electronics in Wood Cabinets
· Fax Machines
· Photocopiers
· Printers
· Scanners
· Surge Protectors
· Telephones
· Typewriters

What Materials Are Not Acceptable for Recycling?
· Batteries Not Integral to Computer Systems
· Loose Batteries
· Cardboard
· Contaminated Equipment of Any Type
· Cracked or Broken CRT Monitors
· Hair Dryers
· Hazardous Equipment of Any Type
· Hot Curlers
· Microwaves
· Overhead Projectors
· Paper
· Styrofoam
· Toner Cartridges
· Smoke Detectors

Is There Any Cost for Bringing Materials to the E-Waste Recycling Event?

This article was posted on: October 9, 2007

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