Oct 5 - UC to Collect Employees' Universal Waste

A new recycling collection is now being offered to employees at the University of California's ten campuses, making it easier for them to dispose of harmful universal waste.  UC is considering expanding this program to its students. From Farha Rizvi of The Daily Californian:

In an effort to remain environmentally friendly, UC announced last week that it has adopted a new program to recycle its employees' hazardous waste.

The first educational institution in the state to partner with the California Take-It-Back Partnership, UC has expanded its recycling program for electronic and other hazardous waste.

UC has expanded its recycling service in five locations, including the UC Office of the President in Oakland.

"Here at the UC Office of the President, we come in contact with a number of people," said Grace Crickette, the UC chief risk officer. "We've already collected a lot of hazardous waste."

The university will collect waste such as cell phones, fluorescent lights, batteries and mercury thermometers for recycling.

UC is currently considering expanding the program to students on its 10 campuses, Crickette said.

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The toxic dangers of electronic waste (e-waste) continue to be a growing problem worldwide. Here in California, it is currently prohibited by law to dispose of most consumer electronics in household trash.

What You Can Do:

  • RECYCLE your universal waste at a collection site near you.
  • LEARN MORE about how you can reduce toxic e-waste.
  • DEFINE universal waste in the Department of Toxic Substances Control UW Guide.