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Electronic Recycling Day 2009 A Success University News
For release: May 22, 2009

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The May 14-16 University of Memphis e-recycling event co-hosted by Apple Inc. resulted in 155 tons of electronics being dropped off for recycling, exceeding last year's amount by 45 tons. About 700 cars dropped off e-recyclables on the public day.

"For the second year in a row, Apple commended us on our efforts," said event coordinator Steve Terry. "The service we offered is one that many businesses and individuals have to normally pay for. The event also shows that the University of Memphis is committed to not only a sustainable future for campus, but one for the entire community. Our goal is to serve as a model for the community when it comes to green efforts."

Electronics are filled with nickel, lead and mercury, which, if sent to the landfill, can end up in the ground water. Old electronics from the U.S. also can wind up in developing countries, where workers are put in danger extracting metals and other components.

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