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Celebrate Earth Day with RecycleNow Electronic Waste Collection Event

Texas State University is partnering with PSC Environmental to celebrate Earth Day with the third annual RecycleNow Electronic Waste Collection Event. This joint effort has collected and recycled more than 40,000 pounds of electronics from the community.

Electronic waste – including computers, televisions, printers and cell phones – will be collected free of charge from local residents, students, faculty and staff. Drive-through collection will take place in the east end of the Strahan Coliseum parking lot on the Texas State University campus Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

“This is a great opportunity to promote the responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics for the residents of Hays and surrounding counties, the City of San Marcos as well as the campus community,” says Sue Bruning, PSC’s director of sustainability. “It is truly a collaborative effort between local sponsors from the community, staff and student volunteers of Texas State and PSC.”

Electronic waste is the fastest-growing segment of solid waste entering local landfills. E-waste can contaminate groundwater with toxic metals if improperly disposed of in the household trash. Once this waste reaches landfills, hazardous chemicals can leach into the underlying water sources.

RecycleNow will provide a free, safe and environmentally friendly alternative for the community to discard obsolete equipment. Collected e-waste will be safely recycled in the United States. All net proceeds will support sustainability efforts on campus and the international charity World Bicycle Relief.

Accepted items include computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, TVs, gaming consoles, VCRs and DVD players. To protect personal identity and security, clean electronic device memories using recommended online tools.

Unacceptable items include appliances, microwaves and household hazardous waste, and any university-owned items, which must continue to be processed through the Central Receiving Warehouse.

For additional information on the Earth Day–RecycleNow Electronic Waste Collection Event, contact Sue Bruning at sbruning@PSCNow.com or Lisa Arceneaux at ea20@txstate.edu.

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