CommuniTech Teams up with SEAS for Second Annual E-Waste Recycling Day

March 1, 2011

In support of RecycleMania, the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s (SEAS) Communitech group will host the 2nd Annual electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event for the Penn community on Friday, March 4th, from 10am to 2pm at Levine Hall.

Penn students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring in their old personal electronics and computer hardware from their home for:

  1. Free disposal through the University’s e-waste recycler. Elemental, Inc. accepts most electronic waste, offering an alternative to landfill disposal and ensures that all materials received are processed and recycled, destroyed or displaced in an environmentally correct manner in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
  2. Donations to Penn CommuniTech’s computer refubishment projects. CommuniTech’s mission is to assist neighborhoods in need by supplying them with computers and teaching technology skills to their residents. Their efforts stem from the recognition that the computer has become a central facet of everyday life in this rapidly advancing age of information technology. Go to to visit the CommuniTech Web site. All equipment will be wiped and refurbished before being donated.

Computing equipment “e-waste” contains heavy metals and toxic materials that can seep into the water supply or poison the ground. All of these materials can be contained, and most can be reused, if they are properly disposed. Last year, Penn recycled over 122,000 pounds of old electronic equipment.
The following items will be accepted at the event:

  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Circuit Boards
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Laptops
  • Desktops (towers)
  • Wires
  • Drives
  • Mice
  • Stereos
  • VCR players
  • DVD players
  • Speakers
  • All working Non-CRT Monitors
  • Other Small Electronics

Items NOT being accepted include televisions, refrigerators, and freezers (or any products containing Freon).

Penn offices and departments are asked to organize a separate pickup to dispose of University-owned computers, monitors, printers, copiers, and electronic appliances.

Visit the Green IT website to learn more about how to dispose of electronics responsibly.

Visit the Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) website to learn more about the importance of properly disposing equipment that may contain heavy metals and other materials that can be hazardous.


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