Center to hold electronics drive

Center to hold electronics drive

April 22
22:24 2013

Christina Ulsh / Contributing Writer

With advancements in technology happening almost daily, consumers don’t know what to do with the mass of old tube televisions, outdated cell phones, used batteries and other electronic equipment they don’t want or need.

But casually tossing these lead and mercury-filled electronics can be dangerous to the environment we live in, according to Earth911.com.

“I just thought people threw it away in a landfill,” said pre-fashion design sophomore Candace Collins.

Today, the day after Earth Day, the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth is allowing the community to bring unwanted electronics to the campus to be safely recycled, said Sandy Bauman, the campus’ sustainability coordinator.

ECS Refining, an electronic recycling company, will donate its services, which include unloading and sorting the electronics before taking them away to be recycled.

When broken down, certain electronic parts are profitable and the HSC campus will get part of that profit, Bauman said.

The free electronics drive, the first offered at the center, will be available only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the loading dock at 1000 Montgomery St., she said.

Donors for the center’s electronic recycling drive will be eligible to win a Kindle.

UNT Denton will not be participating in any similar event.

“We couldn’t find the space or budget,” said Nicole Cocco, student services coordinator for the UNT’s office of sustainability.

During Earth Week, the Denton campus will have free music and food, a tree planting, demonstration and vendor booths and documentary showings, according to UNT Sustainability’s website.

Geography senior Glenn Gomez said the Denton campus does not give enough attention to to environmental action, and UNT seems to place importance on being seen as green rather than implementing green efforts, he said.

“[UNT’s] empty attempts to be sustainable is good advertising,” he said.

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