Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paul Millette
Director
Library, IT Services & Learning Support Services
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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:

All e-waste is sent to the Rutland County Solid Waste District, where system components are aggregated and then delivered to Vermont RetroWorks in Middlebury for refurbishment, cannibalization or safe disposal.


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

While many colleges have a 4-year computer replacement cycle, GMC has a 5-6 year computer replacement cycle. Sometimes we use desktops for 7 years. Part of the explanation is, of course, driven by finances. But there is more to it than budgetary considerations as we believe that it is good environmental practice to maximize the life-cycle of computers by deliberately keeping them in use for as long a time period as feasible.

To this end, IT staff and work-study employees are dedicated to keeping machines maintained and in good working order. When a machine is finally recycled, all reusable parts are culled at GMC: we take out the memory, reuse the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other parts that can be salvaged.

Only then is the machine sent to the Rutland County Solid Waste District.


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

The IT department provides assistance, when feasible, to students to repair, refurbish, and/or recycle their broken machines. At the end of each semester, all student machines brought to IT are recycled through the same program as institutional products.


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

The URL above is for American Retroworks Middlebury, the final destination of our e-waste. The Rutland County Solid Waste District URL is:

http://www.rcswd.com/elecmaterials.html

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