Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
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Purdue University
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University 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 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 items are either handled through Purdue’s Surplus and Salvage operations or contracted out to a local e-waste vendor. Both services have been certified by the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2), an accredited, third-party auditor.


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

Purdue’s Warehouse & Surplus Store and Purdue’s Radiological and Environment Management department have collaborated to ensure Purdue’s e-waste is handled in an environmentally responsible manner. The Warehouse “Green Program” effectively redistributes these assets where applicable, sells to the general public, then responsibly recycles all unusable electronic items. The recent purchase of a new state-of-the-art hard drive shredder will not only guarantee the security of the University’s electronic media, it will also reduce hard drive e-waste and turn a product that once cost the university to dispose of, into a recyclable product. Approximately 5,000 pounds of power cords that are cut off from machines are recycled each year. Additionally, hard drives, circuit boards, aluminum, memory sticks, and metal cases are also recycled.


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

E-waste recycling containers are located at the back dock of every residence hall. This waste is then picked up by a local vendor, Oscar Winski, 2217 North 9th street, Lafayette, In 47904. This vendor has been certified by the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2), an accredited, third-party auditor. In addition, this same vendor provides special pickups during Green Week and Earth Day events.


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

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