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Introduction to New E-Waste Policy

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:59:00 CST  — by: Nick Cookson

Although Sewanee has been recycling electronic waste (e-waste) for years through The Office of Technology Access and Support (TAS), Youjin Sung (C ‘21) a Sustainability Fellow, has recently created the University’s first public e-waste policy.  E-waste consists of discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and even refrigerators—just to name a few.

E-waste contributes between 20-50 million metric tons of waste annually across the globe. In North America alone, Americans toss over $60 million worth of gold and silver each year when they throw their old phones into the trash.  Sewanee is committed to recycling, or reusing, all of the e-waste purchased for faculty and staff and, through the efforts of Youjin and the Technology Helpdesk Administrator Kelly Andy, TAS will begin collecting student e-waste at designated collection locations in each residence hall.

In conjunction with this new service, Sewanee’s very own Environmental Residents (ER) will be responsible for collecting the e-waste and transferring it to a centralized location. Additionally, should students have further questions as to what can be recycled, please do not hesitate to reach out the OESS, or your resident ER!

The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Cleveland Annex 110
(931) 598-1559 | oess@sewanee.edu

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