E-waste event collects 52,000 pounds of recyclable electronics

WCAC, a local business, dropped off a couple pallets of used computers and printers during the CSUB E-Waste Recycling Event on Aug. 5, 2011.

CSU Bakersfield would like to thank local residents, schools, and businesses for making our August electronic recycling event a success.  Thanks to our local community support, the event collected more than 52,000 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste).  The University received more than $5,000 for recycled materials, which will be used to support campus recycling initiatives.

Less than 20 percent of electronics in the U.S. were recycled in 2009. E-waste may account for as much as 70 percent of the heavy metals in landfills. By supporting the recycling of e-waste, you are preventing toxic materials such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury from contaminating the environment and posing risks to human health.

Thanks to Alianza Recycling and Recovery, the e-waste was managed locally. Alianza sorts, disassembles, and separates into specific components for distribution to downstream recyclers.  Through the process, metals, copper, glass, and plastics are recovered and reused. Recycling ultimately reduces greenhouse emissions and pollution, and saves energy that would be needed to extract raw materials and manufacture new products.

– Juli Smith, Interim Director, CSUB Safety & Risk Management