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Electronics recycling drive to be held at UT March 16

Due to popular demand, The University of Toledo will hold a second electronics recycling drive Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in parking area 28, located off East Rocket Drive by the Transportation Center near the Dorr Street entrance.

A total of 24,114 pounds of items were collected at the UT electronics recycling drive in February.

A total of 24,114 pounds of items were collected at the UT electronics recycling drive in February.

Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist, said because February’s e-waste drive collected more electronics than expected, a second event was necessary.

“We brought in more than 24,000 pounds in the last event, filling up one 24-foot box truck three times and one 14-foot box truck three times,” Mason said. “We had so many items we actually filled the equivalent of one regular-sized semi-truck trailer.”

Most anything with a power cord will be accepted at drive.

For those looking to recycle older televisions, there will be a disposal charge. Any older television less than 24 inches will cost $10, and sets 24 inches and larger will cost $20 to recycle.

“We decided to do another e-waste drive about a week after the first one,” Mason said. “My office kept getting phone calls because there was such a demand. A lot of people want to get rid of a lot of stuff. Computers and electronics take up a lot of room.”

Affinity Information Management again will cart the electronic waste from the University.

The e-waste event is part of UT’s Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design Program, and part of the University’s RecycleMania efforts. RecycleMania is a national eight-week competition that this year runs through Saturday, March 30.

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