Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.06
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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Ball State University
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kevin Kenyon
Associate Vice-President, Facilites, Planning & Management
Facilites, Planning & Management
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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:

Ball State University contracts with Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. (CRS Holding of America - Florida) to recycle, reuse and process the university’s unwanted e-waste (e.g., PCs, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners and networking equipment). CRS adheres to the industry’s highest environmental, health, and safety standards to eliminate workplace exposure to harmful toxic metal contamination. CRS uses the latest automated recycling technology, has ISO 14001 Certification for environmental management systems, and conducts audits of its end markets. CRS also holds OHSAS 18000 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certification for managing safety in the work environment. CRS securely removes proprietary information and their data sanitization methods exceed U.S. Department of Defense specifications for security and electronic disposal. Their state-of-the art recycling equipment shreds and separates electronics into their original materials of plastics, steel, aluminum, precious metals, and glass. No water is used in the process. All air emissions through the system are collected and cleaned with 24 air filters and nine HEPA filters. No air is discharged outside of their facility.


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

FY 2009-10: 95.32 tons of e-scrap were recycled


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

Ball State University has initiated a program to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students. The BSU Computer Technology Student Organization (CTSO) sponsors an e-waste drop-off location (one day event) for student electronic waste a week prior to graduation. In 2011, a half ton of e-waste was collected. CTSO takes extra measures to ensure that the electronic waste is destroyed by hand drilling through the hard drive and internal units of computers, cell phones and PDAs (e-waste that stores data). The e-waste is further processed and data sanitized by Workforce-Inc (Indianapolis, IN).


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

Please visit http://greentechnology.tech.officelive.com/defaulty.aspx. for additional information on the Ball State University Computer Technology Student Organization (CTSO) work with electronic waste.

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