Electronic Waste

Did you know? An estimated 304 million electronics were removed from U.S. households in 2005, with about two-thirds of those still in working order.[1]

Electronic waste, better known as e-waste, has become a growing concern around the world as electronic devices often become obsolete or unwanted within a very short period of time. In fact, in many countries, electronics are the fastest growing waste stream and that trend is expected to continue growing by 8% per year indefinitely.[2]

New York State has passed laws to ensure that all e-waste gets properly and responsibly recycled. The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act of 2010 establishes annual statewide recycling or reuse goals for all electronic waste and also phases in a complete disposal ban for discarded electronics.[3]

Before this law was in place though, LIU Post was already taking the necessary steps to responsibly recycle all of its electronic waste. For years, the Facilities Services Department has worked in tandem with the Information Technology, Telecommunications and Academic Multimedia Support Services Departments to ensure that any unwanted electronics were disposed of properly.

In FY2012, LIU Post recycled 15,554 pounds of e-waste, which is like recycling over 62,000 cell phones.[4]

Presently, LIU Post works with GreenChip Electronic Waste Solutions, a subsidiary of Allocco Recycling, who provides recycling compliant with all federal, state, and local laws. GreenChip, based out of Brooklyn, New York, is also the only e-waste recycler in New York City to be both fully R2 and ISO14001 certified.

Once at GreenChip, the e-waste from LIU Post is sorted for asset recovery or recycling, while hard drives and sensitive materials are decommissioned and shredded to ensure all data is kept confidential and secure. Then, components of our e-waste are carefully stripped down to make commodities for new materials and sorted by distinct properties. Clean aluminum, steel, plastics, and precious metals are recovered diverting 100% of the waste from landfills and all material downstream is audited to ensure reusability for distribution to new manufacturers.[5]

Removal of e-waste is now a zero expense to LIU Post, once again proving that it pays to be green.

[3] Section 27-2611 of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/ewastelaw2.pdf

[4] According to this article, the average cell phone in 2005 weighed 4 ounces. If all of the e-waste generated at LIU Post in FY2012 were cell phones, then it would have been over 62,000 cell phones.

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