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Greener Campus Committee hosting e-Waste Collection Day for APSU community

Austin Peay State Universitys Greener Campus Committee is hosting a campuswide e-Waste Collection this Wednesday through Friday, May 6-7.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days, APSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring electronic waste, such as televisions, computers and cell phones to a disposal site set up in the parking lot between Burt School and the Music/Mass Communication Building on the APSU campus.

Students and student organizations are also encouraged to volunteer to help with the event.
Austin Peay State University's Greener Campus Committee is hosting a campuswide “e-Waste Collection” this Wednesday through Friday, May 6-7.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days, APSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring electronic waste, such as televisions, computers and cell phones to a disposal site set up in the parking lot between Burt School and the Music/Mass Communication Building on the APSU campus.

Students and student organizations are also encouraged to volunteer to help with the event.

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams overfilling landfills across the country, but these items often contain highly recyclable materials. More than 130 million mobile phones alone were discarded in 2005. The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years, amounting to an estimated 3.2 million tons of e-Waste.

Austin Peay is an official sponsor of a statewide effort to recycle e-waste in the month of May, and items collected here will be taken to a recycling site in Nashville.

Dropping off items during these collection days will provide individuals with a safe, convenient way of disposing of old computer servers, DVD players and laptops, but not all e-waste items will be accepted. Volunteers will not take hairdryers, light bulbs and fire detectors on these days. A listing of what is and isn't acceptable is available online at http://tennessee.poweron.com/p/default_institutional.

On Thursday, May 14, the collection site will be open to the general public in the Clarksville area to drop off their e-waste from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the e-waste collection day or to volunteer to help, contact Robin Reed, Greener Committee chairman, at 221-1007 or reedr@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth