Welcome to University of Michigan's eWaste recycling site. We’re glad you have taken the first step with us in conserving natural resources by recycling your unwanted end-of-life electronics in an environmentally sound manner.
If you are a member of the general public
The program will be open to individuals at Pioneer High School on May 7th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complete information, including maps, hours, and a list of accepted items, is located below.
If you are bringing equipment from public or private schools, universities, a local business, non-profit organization or government:
The program will be open to you at the South Commuter Parking Lot on May 5th from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. and, May 6th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses and other organizations are asked to view maps and information as well as register in advance at http://michigan.poweron.com/p/register so we may anticipate the volume of drop-offs possible.
What is eWaste?
eWaste is a popular informal name for consumer and business electronic equipment that has reached the end of its useful life. Over 130 million mobile phones alone were discarded in 2005. The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next 5 years, amounting to an estimated 3.2 million tons of eWaste. Researchers have estimated that nearly 75 percent of eWaste is in storage. We are providing an opportunity for FREE, safe and environmentally sound and friendly disposal and recycling.
Why recycle?Natural Resource Conservation
Recycling is a resource conservation issue. Today’s consumer electronics contain highly recyclable materials that would otherwise require mining of virgin materials from the earth to meet today’s need for raw materials. Today’s electronics recycling technology reduces consumer electronics into separated commodity streams of metals, plastics and glass that are processed into raw materials for reuse in new manufactured products. For example, one ton of recycled computers will yield about one ounce of gold. To produce this same ounce of gold from a virgin resource requires mining 7-11 tons of ore and the energy to mine and process this ore. Clearly, recycling helps us save our precious natural resources and the planet we live on.
Environmental, Worker and Personal Safety
The EPA estimates that as much as 80 percent of discarded consumer electronics in this county end up in developing countries where environmental and workers health & safety laws are non-existent. “Sham” recyclers take advantage of loopholes in export laws and exploit impoverished workers and developing countries’ environmental laws in order to avoid worker safety laws and environmental regulations in this county. Additionally, these “Sham” recyclers routinely harvest and sell parts and components from computers that may contain personal information. This practice is fueling a multi billion-dollar industry of identity theft in these countries. We hope by hosting this event we will raise education and awareness of these practices so that you may become part of the solution, not the problem or the victim. ALL equipment collected at this event will be destroyed and recycled in North America in accordance with ALL local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.
Recent reports indicate electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the country, with many consumer electronics ending up in landfills. This is a waste of our landfill space and a waste of our natural resources. Untreated eWaste can have hazardous materials in them that if not properly processed can have adverse effects on the environment. Let’s not waste our natural resources, landfill space or impact the earth we live on. Recycle your eWaste at our event.
Acceptable MaterialsMATERIALS ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT
MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED
University of Michigan Departments, please see equipment disposal instructions:
All U-M-owned equipment must be disposed of through Property Disposition; items that cannot be resold by Property Disposition are responsibly recycled in accordance with state and federal regulations through Occupational Safety & Environmental Health at U-M.