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Electronic Waste Recycling Event Reduces Toxins in Landfill

Indiana University will host its third annual electronic waste collection days in May, providing free e-waste recycling for schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other members of the community.

The events in Bloomington, South Bend and Indianapolis will provide free recycling collection services for items such as computer systems and accessories, phones and office electronics.

Last year, IU Bloomington collections yielded about 350,000 pounds of e-waste. None of the electronics will be processed for resale. IU Sustainability Specialist Susan Coleman-Morse says anything that could potentially contain private data will be shredded.

“Its important to remember,” she says, “that there are toxic wastes in those components that need to be handled properly. For example, a 24 inch monitor has a significant amount of lead.”

One hundred percent of the equipment will be recycled and kept out of landfills. More information, including maps, hours and lists of accepted items, is available at

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