|Submission Date||July 25, 2012|
University of Puget Sound
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
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?:
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?:
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Our recycling partner, GreenPC Electronic Recycling (http://www.greenpcwa.com), is a certified member of the State of Washington’s “E-Cycling Washington Program”, which requires that they meet strict requirements with regard to disposal of electronic waste as outlined in Washington state code. More information about the E-Cycling Washington Program can be found here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle/. Green PC also attempts to reuse all electronics that it receives. Any electronics that cannot be fixed are given to Electronic Recyclers International, where the materials are broken down and resold to manufactures. The majority of the material remains in the US, and any material that leaves the country is sold to a manufacturer, and is safely disposed of.
A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for institution-generated materials:
We recycle all of our electronic waste in one of the following ways:
We trade in outdated Apple equipment to Apple, often for purchase credit. Apple either refurbishes the equipment or recycles it in an environmentally safe manner. Apple’s green practices are described in detail in the STARS section regarding Computer Purchasing. More information about Apple’s trade-in program can be found here: http://www.apple.com/recycling/
We sell our outdated equipment to our recycling partner (GreenPC Electronic Recycling -
http://www.greenpcwa.com) where they refurbish equipment and then re-sell it to other users, prolonging
its useful life.
A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for student-generated materials :
Students can recycle their electronics through the on-campus electronic waste recycling program. Small electronics, such as cell phones or iPods, can be recycled in the glass bins, along with batteries. These bins are serviced multiple times a week by Sustainability Services employees. Large electronics, such as printers or lap tops, require filling out a request form online at http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices--services/facilities-services/sustainability-services/requests--forms/electronic-waste/. We can accept any electronics (excluding appliances as those fall into a separate category). This program is
available to all students and faculty on campus, and a more in-depth explanation is available online.
The website URL where information about the e-waste recycling program is available: