Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering 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:

Re-usable parts are distributed to computer maintenance companies, hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, wholesale distributors, or retail stores to be resold.
In step one, all equipment is cleaned, tested and redistributed with a 90-day warranty. All identification as well as data is removed from each complete system or part.

KSA hosts computer shows and live computer equipment auctions for products and any equipment not easily sold.
In step two, all equipment is cleaned, tested and redistributed with a 30-day warranty. All identification as well as data is removed from each complete system or part.

Any product left over is deemed unusable and is scrapped. Metals are sorted and distributed.
In step three, all equipment is redistributed with no warranty (as-is). All identification as well as data is removed from each complete system or part.

Throughout the three steps the focus is to treat each piece of equipment as a reusable commodity, redirecting the flow of outdated equipment back into the marketplace avoiding landfills.


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

Lion Surplus collects all e-waste and wipes all drives. Hard drives are destroyed and computers are recycled through UNICOR. UNICOR is a self-sustaining, self-funded corporation established in 1934 by executive order to create a voluntary real-world work program to train federal inmates.

Penn State Lion Surplus also has an Electronics Recycling Day for Faculty, Staff, and Students.


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

Lion Surplus hosts Electronics Recycling Day for Faculty, Staff, and Students.

Flyer from this year's Electronics Recycling Day:

Electronics Recycling Day
No need to keep storing stuff you no longer use.
Penn State employees, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the Electronics Recycling Day hosted by Keystone State Auctioneers (KSA) and Lion Surplus. The event will collect old electronic equipment and dispose of it in an environmentally safe way for free.

Where: Lion Surplus Building on Services Road (behind the Lewis Katz Law School Building)
Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Accepting: PCs, monitors, hard drives, keyboards, mice, peripherals, printers, circuit boards, laptops, DVD players, electric typewriters, fax machines, cell phones, modems, pagers, PDAs, VCRs, word processors, and other electronics


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

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