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IU Hosts First Electronic Recycling Event

Spring cleaning time might mean moving around those old computers, VCR’s and TV’s that are taking up space in a garage or basement. IU is hosting an event to help eliminate that problem in a safe and earth-friendly way.

Today is the first of three ‘Electronic Waste Collection Days’ … a free electronic recycling drive hosted by IU Bloomington and IUPUI. The set-up is just north of Memorial Stadium off Dunn Street. Kristin Hanks is a graduate assistant at IU who helped organize the event.

“Apple has done several of these events, in fact, they do ten per year, so they’re the ones who set up the line we’ve got going here and just filter cars through.”

And you don’t even have to get out of the car. Volunteers will take the items right out of your vehicle and you’re done. Not only is it easy, but free.

“Similar events hosted by cities or counties even though are free to the individual who brings the item, they actually are costing the individual money because they are costing the taxpayers, somebody has to pay for it. Here it’s 100 percent free. And if you’re not able to come to this kind of event, you usually have to pay to recycle your electronic waste.”

It’s the first of it’s kind hosted by IU. One hundred percent of the e-waste dropped off will be recycled and kept out of landfills.

“Here once it’s loaded into one of these trucks, there is a serial lock that goes on the truck and that proves that it stays closed all the way here to Chicago where it’s unloaded at Sims recycling,” says Kristin. “Sims recycling then sends the items through a humongous shredder and it shoots out the other end as little tiny confetti pieces then are sorted into plastic, glass and metal.”

Some of the other items being collected are cables, cell phones, microwaves and typewriters. The program will be open to the general public Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM.

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