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Apple and U of M Will Sponsor E-recycling Event May 18 & 19 on U of M Campus

For release: May 7, 2012
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843

As they’ve done twice in the past, the University of Memphis and Apple Inc. will co-host a community-wide e-recycling event May 18-19 on the U of M campus.

This year’s public event will be Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Southern Avenue parking lot. Professional movers will be on hand to unload e-recyclable materials from vehicles. The process is as easy as driving up to a drive-through window. There is no limit to the number of items a person can drop off.

On Friday, May 18, businesses and institutions can drop off large quantities of items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Southern Avenue parking lot. They can contact Terry by phone at 678-2194 or by email at to schedule a time for large drop-offs.

Items that will be accepted include CPUs, all-in-one computer systems, laptops, notebooks, PDAs, keyboards, televisions, cameras, VCRs, DVD players, speakers, audio devices, cell phones and pagers, and other related equipment.

All items, including hard drives, are secured and ground down to confetti-like material to ensure information security before being recycled.

“This is the third year out of the past five that the University has been involved with Apple on this project,” said event coordinator Steve Terry, who is the U of M director of Technology Utilization. In 2009 and 2010, tons of old and unused electronic equipment were collected.  The events, and their success, prove that we are committed to a sustainable future. I think it speaks volumes, too, on the effort we have put forth the other two years.”

Apple is selective in which universities host the event. It is almost unheard of that one university hosts the event three times in such a short time frame.

Part of that might be because of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ affinity for the city. Jobs, who died last October, lived in Midtown Memphis while he was undergoing a liver transplant in 2009. He took walks in Overton Park during his recovery, though it was rare he was ever recognized.

Electronic waste has become a worldwide problem. Toxic materials such as lead, mercury, chlorine, and bromine are commonly used in producing computers and other electronics.  If these devices are disposed of improperly, the toxins can leak from landfills into groundwater.

U of M President Shirley Raines demonstrated the University’s commitment to sustainability when she signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. On-campus recycling efforts have dramatically increased as have efforts to create a more energy-efficient campus. A sustainability committee was formed in 2007, and a sustainability coordinator was hired to monitor and implement green efforts on campus.

“We continue to be a leader in sustainable technologies, addressing environmental challenges while serving as a model for the community,” Dr. Raines said.

More information about the e-recycling event is available from Steve Terry at 901-678-2194.

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