Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sean Whalen
Environmental Programs Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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 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:

Iowa State contracts with A-Tec Recycling Incorporated, Des Moines, IA to recycle electronic waste. A-Tec is a local vendor permitted by Polk County as a recycling facility. During vendor selection, ISU confirms companies are in good financial standing, have a good environmental record and are staffed by competent personnel. ISU also requires that electronics are only processed domestically. By following these procedures Iowa State verifies proper handling of the recycled material and ensures that downstream cognizance and consideration as well as environmental responsibility and compliance are satisfied.


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

The university first offers its computers and electronics for resale to the public through the ISU Surplus Department. The contractor mentioned above recycles unsold items. In addition, university faculty and staff are encouraged to upgrade electronics only when necessary.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2014

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

The Iowa State University Department of Residence offers a year-end electronic waste reuse program through its SAVE initiative (Simple Act Vital Effect). During move-out at the end of the spring semester, students can donate small appliances and electronics in working order. The items are then dropped off at Goodwill or the Salvation Army, as well as at local charities and nonprofit organizations.


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

More information on the student e-waste recycling program is available at: http://www.housing.iastate.edu/life/sustainability/save-program
Questions about the student program can be directed to Richard Garrey, Manager Residence Hall Maintenance, Iowa State University Department of Residence, rgarrey@iastate.edu, 515-294-6836.

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