Don’t know what to do with your cracked iPod? What about those broken and tangled headphones? Or your unwanted electric razor (no-shave November is now upon us)? Luckily, November is not only for growing beards, but also for responsibly disposing your electronic waste!
E-waste contains precious metals and other materials that can be reused for future electronic devices, so it is important we retrieve them before they go into a landfill. Besides the materials we can salvage, there are many other components of E-waste that are undesirable and health-threatening. E-waste has been wreaking havoc on our environment by polluting the land, water, and air, mainly in developing countries, where we typically trash our unwanted electronics. Toxins such as mercury, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s), cadmium, and chromium can all be found in electronic waste, which are all harmful to us and the environment.
Though there are designated areas in the Wabash building to dispose of electronics properly throughout the year, we will be focusing on e-waste specifically during the month of November. For that reason, the Physical Resources Department will be providing more electronic recycling areas. Bins will be located in the following places:
- AUD (Wabash Ave.) Lobby
- AUD (Michigan Ave.) Lobby
- Wabash Res Life, 14th Floor
- Wabash Loading Dock
- Schaumburg Campus Loading Dock
Please play your part by recycling your electronic waste responsibly, because throwing it “away” doesn’t actually mean it disappears!