TTU extends green initiative with Clean Commission e-waste collection June 12, 13

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 3, 2009) – Tennessee Tech University is assisting the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission and Putnam County Solid Waste Department to offer a summer e-waste collection for the Upper Cumberland region on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13.
Representatives from the university will be serving as volunteers for the event, which is a benefit for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, a home improvement warehouse open to the public. Volunteers from Habitat will also be on hand Friday for help unloading.
“The university has made sustainability a campus priority in recent years, and this event helps TTU to extend our green initiative into the community,” said Theresa Ennis, University Service Center director.
The e-waste collection is set for noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Church of Christ parking lot on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Jackson Street in Cookeville and is open to all residents and businesses in the Upper Cumberland region.
“This event provides an environmentally friendly means for recycling electronics, such as computers and computer parts and accessories, that no longer work,” said Nadine Armstrong, executive coordinator of the Clean Commission.
Electronics that will be accepted for recycling include desktop computers, computer monitors, CPUs, computer fans, electronic games, laptop and notebook computers, kitchen appliances, curling irons, cell phones, televisions and other plug-in appliances. All types of batteries will also be accepted.
Electronic items that are still in working condition, as well as household and building items and monetary donations, can be given to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.
Appropriate household and building items for donation include lamps, pots and pans, dishes, linens and home décor, but no clothes and soiled or torn furniture will be accepted.
“We’re excited to be assisting the Clean Commission with this project because it brings together the common mission of sustainability for both organizations, while simultaneously extending the university’s growing partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” Ennis said.
With a focus on service learning, TTU last year hosted a campus build that provided a house for a local Habitat for Humanity family.
Although TTU property must be disposed of according to university procedures and therefore cannot be brought to the event, Ennis said she encourages all TTU representatives to take the opportunity to recycle their personal electronics.
Participants should remove any sensitive data before bringing electronics to the collection site, Armstrong said, but the participating e-waste recycling company, Dan Scott Recycling of Knoxville, will erase hard drives.
For more information about the collection, visit http://www.tntech.edu/its/news/ewasteday/ or call the Clean Commission at 931/537-3278.

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