Purdue to host electronic waste drive

Purdue students are helping the Greater Lafayette community keep harmful materials out of local landfills.

Posted: Mar. 30, 2018 7:34 AM
Updated: Mar. 30, 2018 9:34 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is hosting its annual electronic waste drive. This is just in time to help out the Greater Lafayette community as they begin spring cleaning.

The e-waste drive is happening Saturday, March 31 at Young Hall on Grant Street. A group of students will be there to collect your old computers, wiring, batteries and hard drives.

Purdue is participating in a friendly competition across more than 150 colleges called "Recyclemania." It's a tool for colleges and universities to help promote waste reduction activities in their communities.

This electronic waste drive helps prevent people from throwing harmful items in the trash which would eventually end up in our local landfills where harmful pollutants can leak into the soil and groundwater.

"It's really important that we recycle that material and also it has value," said Purdue sustainability assistant director Max Driscoll. "If you break open those products there are metals in there that can be recycled so that all has value. So it's just a sort of practical way, a win win really."

Recyclemania is an eight-week long competition and the e-waste drive is the last effort to help the community and get more people involved. Items are being collected from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the collected e-waste is being recycled by Lafayette company Oscar Winski.

"If you miss the event you can go to the Oscar Winski website and they have their own dates that you can come by and drop off the material, your e-waste," said Driscoll. "If you miss this event, ya know, not the end of the world."

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