Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jim Muniz
Physical Plant / Support Services Manager
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Metech Recycling invests in the labor-intensive process of disassembling and de-manufacturing to divert all materials from landfills and incinerators. Metech Recycling guarantees it does not export hazardous waste material; it does not landfill or incinerate hazardous waste material

Metech Recycling is certified under the ISO 14001 standard, which addresses quality in environmental
management. The BAN e-Stewards certification is the most stringent of environmental standards for
recycling electronic waste. Metech Recycling is a founding member of the e-Stewards program, we
have undergone 3rd party e-Stewards audits and are awaiting final e-Stewards certification.

Metech Recycling dismantles electronics in our collection and processing centers. Data containing
devices are securely shredded to eliminate access to any residual data even if drives are “wiped”.
Component materials are separated by type (plastics, wire, glass, copper, circuit boards, etc.).
Metech Recycling selects and audits downstream partners that share our same high standards
of environmental stewardship to ensure that these materials are responsibly returned to the
manufacturing stream. Metech Recycling does not resell or export untested, non-working electronics.


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

UCCS takes all electronic surplus to the Department of Corrections, which then determines if the products are still usable (auction every 3rd Thursday), or if they are appropriate for recycling. The DOC uses Metech Recycling for all of its electronics recycling.


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

At the end of the academic year, the university participates with a local electronics recycling vendor, Blue Star Recyclers to offer recycling of computers and other electronic products that students are discarding. As well, the university partners with Goodwill Industries to provide reuse options for used computers and electronics.
No hazardous or toxic electronic waste material collected by Blue Star will be land-filled, incinerated, or shipped abroad to be dumped. Blue Star Recyclers provides ethical, safe, secure, and responsible e-waste recycling services. Blue Star works with leading organizations that monitor and support sustainability standards including:

CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment)

PPSBN (Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network)

EPA and DOT certification as a handler and transporter
of Universal Waste


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.