E-scrap nets 8 tons of electronics at ISU

January 14 2008

TERRE HAUTE - About 8 tons or six semi-trailer loads of electronic equipment was collected during Santa’s E-Scrap Super Saturday Jan. 12 at Indiana State University.

That is about 10 times more than a previous collection in May 2007 that netted about 14,000 pounds of computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic equipment, according to Paul Reed, ISU’s director of custodial and special services for facilities management.

“Obviously the word got out,” he said, attributing the increase to stories on the radio and television and in the newspaper, as well as communication with local businesses.

That could be seen by the abundance of televisions, computers and monitors that covered an ISU parking lot, as well as by the cars lined up waiting to add more to the piles.

Reed said organizers, including Trees, Inc. and Indianapolis RecycleForce, were pleased with the turnout.

“It’s just a lot more than we anticipated,” he said. “We had ordered two semi-trailers, which we filled right away.”

RecycleForce took two loads to Indianapolis in its box truck, but enough electronic items remained to fill four additional semi trailers with discarded electronic equipment. Items were taken to RecycleForce’s center in Indianapolis, where workers recently released from prison learn job skills by processing and recycling the electronics.

Keeping the items out of the landfill also helps out with pollution issues, according to Reed. Televisions contain lead, as well as other toxic materials, and recycling keeps them from leaching into the ground.

Reed said the groups plan to organize another E-scrap day in the future, although it was unknown when.

“Obviously there was a big need and probably a need still exists for individuals who weren’t aware or couldn’t get here,” Reed said.

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Contact: Paul Reed, Indiana State University director of custodial and special services for facilities management, at 812-237- 8197 or at preed1@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University assistant director of media relations, at (812) 237-7972 or at jsicking@indstate.edu

Trees, Inc. Web site: www.treesinc.org

RecycleForce Web site: www.recycleindy.com

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/243298506-D.jpg Cutline: Computer monitors and other electronic equipment were stacked up during the Santa’s E-Scrap Super Saturday on Jan. 12. About 8 tons of electronics were brought to the event to be recycled.

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/243300571-D.jpg

Cutline: Greg Ulm, Indiana State University emeriti professor and Trees, Inc., member, stacks televisions during the Santa’s E-Scrap Super Saturday recycling event on Jan. 12. The drive netted about 6 semi-truck trailer loads of electronic equipment.

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About 8 tons or six semi-trailer loads of electronic equipment was collected during Santa's E-Scrap Super Saturday Jan. 12 at Indiana State University

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