eCycling in the Library

For information, contact Diane Shingledecker

ecycle bins
women at ecycle drive
car full of computers
box full of old computers

The eCycle bins will be located in the Sylvania library.

Worried about security?

You should wipe your hard drive before dropping it off to be ecycled. See consumer information about disposing of old computers.

Have old computers sitting around? Printers that haven't worked since the 90's? Bring them in to be eCycled at Sylvania! This year, we are eCycling all term long instead of just one Saturday in May! 

Where:
PCC Sylvania Library. Two self-service plastic bins will be located under the main stairs on the first floor of the library.
When:
May 1 to June 9 during regular Sylvania Library hours. (Next fall, we hope to bring eCycling to the Sylvania Library for the full 2014-2015 academic year from September to June.)
What:
Bring any of the following items that you would like to recycle. Keep in mind the bins are self-service, so you should be able to carry the items on your own. Materials will be responsibility recycled by Total Reclaim.
Please bring:
  • Hard drives
  • Towers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Monitors
  • Mice
  • Disks
  • Scanners
Please do not bring:
  • TVs
  • Cell phones

How to prepare your donation

If you are donating a computer or laptop, we strongly suggest wiping the hard drive clean beforehand.  If you do not feel comfortable doing this or are still concerned about identity theft, we will be having special days next year when you can come to the Sylvania Library and have your hard drive smashed before your eyes!

Styrofoam recycling

We aren't collecting Styrofoam in the eCycle Drive this spring, but stay tuned for news about Styrofoam recycling events on the Sylvania campus next fall.

Student involvement

Students will be developing posters and informational flyers. Students will be keeping a count of donations throughout the term and will prepare a report for Sylvania management analyzing the event and offering suggestions for the future at the end of the term.

Why eCycle?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing part of our country's waste stream. Electronics contain both re-usable materials and hazardous waste: dismantling them requires proper facilities and worker protection. However, most electronic waste has been shipped illegally to third world countries, where it is broken down by unprotected workers, poisoning their food and water.

Resources to learn more about eCycling
High-Tech Trash, National Geographic - Article focusing on a city in Ghana and the effect e-waste has had on its environment and economy.
The Electronic Wasteland, 60 Minutes - News exposè on electronics "recycling" companies and the Chinese villages they ship their waste to.