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Celebrate Earth Week

Recycle Electronics at USM’s 4th Annual Community Electronic Recycle Day

Event Date and Time: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: USM, Woodbury Campus Center Parking Lot, 45 Bedford Street, Portland Maine

Contact: Steve Sweeney - 207-780-4658 steven.sweeney@maine.edu

The community of greater Portland is invited once again to recycle their unwanted electronics at the 4th Annual Community Electronic Recycle Day at USM on April 23, 2016, Woodbury Campus Center Parking Lot, 45 Bedford Street in Portland. This is our 4th year holding the event, which has recycled and kept out of the waste stream, thousands of pounds of electronics.

Disposing of electronics responsibly through recycling is crucial in keeping our community clean and vibrant. As the local public university, this is one of many services USM has to offer to the community of Southern Maine. USM Resource Recovery Supervisor Steve Sweeney tallied the electronics recycled at last year’s event:

• 51,000 Pounds of Electronic Waste

• 3,500 pounds of appliances

• 556 Cars (filled with electronics) were unloaded on site

In years past, large, boxy computer monitors led the pack as the most recycled item. Next came the top heavy, oversized TV monitors, precursor to the flat panel. As flat panels are getting larger, the earlier versions arrive for recycle. A few years back, one man drove up with a huge flat panel TV in the back of his truck. He said he put it out on his front lawn with a sign for free, and no one would take it.

We welcome any form of drop-off: cars, walk-ins. Over the years we had someone arriving by city bus, taxi and even on bicycle. Last year a bicyclist arrived with an old toaster strapped to his bike rack.

The recycling event is free and open to the public. We will be accepting monetary donations for Preble Street Resource Center at the event. Show your appreciation for free recycling by donating to this important Portland institution.

The following items will be accepted and recycled for FREE:

•• TV’s & Flat Panel TV’s

• Computers & Laptops

• Monitors

• Hard Drives

• Keyboards, mice, speakers & other peripherals

• Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines

• Stereo Equipment

• VCR / DVD / CD Players

• Cell Phones, Telephones

• Cameras

• Air Conditioners

• Refrigerators

• Microwaves

Other household electronic waste

Please: NO batteries, no light bulbs and no smoke detectors!

Thanks to our sponsors: USM Office of Sustainability, North Coast Services, The City of Portland, Time Warner Cable and Troiano Waste Services. See you there: rain or shine!

EWaste Alternative Options
Two popular alternatives for e-waste recycling include:
  • Goodwill / Dell Reconnect: Goodwill Industries accepts donations of computers, printers and related equipment in any condition. ReConnect, a partnership between Goodwill and Dell, offers local residents the opportunity to donate old computers free of charge. All computers and parts are either sold in our retail stores or responsibly recycled by Dell’s Asset Recovery Services.

  • Best Buy: Best Buy stores have changed policy for recycling some items.  Please call the store in advance for details.