DETROIT — Once again it’s time to clean out the garage, basement and closets by disposing of your old electronics during the annual Wayne State University e-waste collection, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Parking Lot 11 on Cass Ave. between Antoinette and York, Detroit.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has teamed with Apple Inc. for the annual electronic collection, which is on track to reach a major milestone this year: 1 million pounds of electronic waste collected since the partnership began. 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, televisions, radios, fax machines, scanners, cellphones and more. Virtually anything with an electrical plug that does not contain oil or Freon will be accepted.
E-waste collections at WSU have made a significant difference and earned recognition from the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, which cited Wayne State’s reduction of lead, cadmium and mercury entering landfills.
Because electronics have become smaller as well as cheaper to manufacture and buy, they have become more disposable to consumers. Since replacing obsolete models has become easier, e-waste collections are more important than ever to keep contaminants from entering the waste stream. As a generator of electronic waste, Wayne State has taken the responsibility to follow disposal regulations and prevent damage to the environment.
For more information, contact Wally Pociask, associate director of OEHS and hazardous materials manager, at (313) 993-7655.