Mount St. Joseph University offers disposal of “e-waste” at Community Recycling Day on Oct. 4

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File Under: community service, environmental action committee

Residents and small businesses who would like to recycle their electronic devices or safely dispose of larger products such as televisions and computers are welcome to drop off their items at the Community Recycling Day on Saturday, October 4th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Mount St. Joseph University’s west parking lot off Delhi Road, near the intersection with Bender Road.

The EAC will accept cell phones, iPods, smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, handheld game systems, handheld GPS units, laptops, e-readers, portable hard drives, charging cords and accessories for all of these items. These items will then be donated to the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Project Saving Species” program, which helps protect gorillas by minimizing the amount of coltan (an ore used in cell phones) that needs to be mined in gorilla habitat areas in Africa. The goal is to collect 400 cell phones. Please remove all data from phones, smartphones, laptops, and hard drives first. Use Google to find specific factory reset directions for your make and model.

In addition to the items listed above, any other item with an electrical cord will be accepted, include telephone systems, computers, monitors, scanners, laserdisc players, computer keyboards, printers, VCR/DVD/CD players, fax machines, copiers, microwaves, surge protectors, cash registers, power cables, electronic wiring, and satellite components.  Larger items such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and dishwashers also accepted. A $10 donation is requested for all cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors and $20 donation for all refrigerant-containing appliances.

RecycleForce, a company from Indianapolis, will de-manufacture these items and shred all hard drives to address any privacy concerns. The plastics and metals are then collected, packaged, and sold to build new components, while all toxic elements, such as lead and mercury, will be disposed of properly to avoid environmental contamination. RecycleForce hires formerly incarcerated people and helps them rebuild their lives by providing transitional jobs and increasing their chance of sustained future employment. 

If you have questions, please call event coordinator Colleen McSwiggin at 513-244-4864.

Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.