DETROIT — Take your spring cleaning to the next level by disposing of your electronic waste during the Wayne State University e-waste collection, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Parking Lot 11 (on Cass Ave. between Antoinette and York).
The Wayne State Office of Environmental Health and Safety has teamed with Apple Inc. for the electronic collection. The event is open to WSU and its surrounding community.
This is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted electronic items including computers, monitors, printers, TVs, radios, fax machines, scanners and cell phones. Most electronic items, including virtually anything with an electrical plug that does not include oil or Freon, will be accepted.
Past e-waste collections at WSU have made a difference. Recognized by the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, Wayne State has had significant success in electronic waste collection. The university received 91,760 pounds of electronics during last year’s e-waste event. Since beginning this initiative two years ago, Wayne State has recycled more than 750,000 pounds of electronic material and prevented 2.3 pounds of mercury, 8 pounds of cadmium and 55 pounds of lead from ending up in landfills and other end points.
As electronics have become smaller, and cheaper to manufacture and buy, they have become more disposable to consumers. Replacing obsolete models is easy, but it leads to inappropriate disposal of older models. Computers are made of materials that are harmful to the environment, including leaded glass, mercury switches and bulbs, and circuitry made of cadmium, chromium and lead. As a generator of electronic waste, Wayne State has taken the responsibility to follow regulations for the disposal of these items and prevent harmful waste from damaging the environment.