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Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Emily Curley
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by students and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

Students, faculty, and staff can discard old electronics equipment for reuse and/or recycling by e-mailing AUSurplus@american.edu. Both personal and University-owned electronics are accepted from any student, faculty, or staff member. Telephone collection bins are also located in common areas around campus to facilitate the easy recycling of this common electronic waste.

For AU-owned electronics, the equipment brand name, model number, serial number, and AU inventory bar code number is provided so the Department of Procurement and Contracts and OIT can update the University’s inventory. The OIT Asset Management team will pick up computers and decide whether to reuse or recycle the equipment. Data is wiped from hard drives and then it is either redeployed or sent to our contractor, 2nd Solutions, for recycling.

Accepted electronics items include: Audio‐Visual Equipment,
Bar Coding Equipment, Calculators, Cameras, CD ROM Drives, Cell Phones (including batteries, battery chargers and wall chargers), Circuit Boards, Communications Systems, Computer equipment, Connectors, CRTs, Fax Machines, Hard/Floppy Drives, Laptops (including batteries, battery chargers and wall chargers), Mainframes/Servers, memory, Microfiche Readers, Modems, Monitors, Motherboards, Network/Video/Sound Cards, PDAs (including batteries, battery chargers and wall chargers), Plotters/Copiers
Power Supplies, Printers, Scrap Computer Metal, Scrap, Computer Plastic, Scrap Copper, Tape Drives, Televisions, and Test Equipment.

Equipment that the University does not reuse internally is collected by 2nd Solutions, a company American University has contracted with who specializes in electronics waste management. 2nd Solutions attempts to reuse equipment as a first priority, and recycle as a last resort.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for institution-generated materials:

Students, faculty, and staff can discard old electronics equipment for reuse and/or recycling by e-mailing AUSurplus@american.edu. Both personal and University-owned electronics are accepted from any student, faculty, or staff member. Telephone collection bins are also located in common areas around campus to facilitate the easy recycling of this common electronic waste.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for student-generated materials :

Students, faculty, and staff can discard old electronics equipment for reuse and/or recycling by e-mailing AUSurplus@american.edu. Both personal and University-owned electronics are accepted from any student, faculty, or staff member. Telephone collection bins are also located in common areas around campus to facilitate the easy recycling of this common electronic waste.


The website URL where information about the e-waste recycling program is available:

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