By Olivia Heibeck
Webster University now offers a year-round e-waste recycling collection service for small electronic appliances, CDs/DVDs, cell phones and batteries.
According to an article on Webster Today, electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams today. It is increasing at three times the rate of municipal waste globally.
The article states the EPA estimates 20-50 million tons of electronic waste are disposed worldwide every year. E-waste
represents only two percent of the U.S.’s trash in landfills.
Webster University Sustainability Coordinator Brad Wolaver said, “Diverting hazardous material from the landfill and increasing recycling of recoverable material is a huge part of reducing our environmental footprint.”
Blue e-waste recycling bins are located on the ground floor of Webster Hall, the Webster Village Apartments clubhouse, the Mail & Copy Center in Maria Hall, the Sverdrup Complex and the University Center.
Community-wide collection days for larger items will also be scheduled throughout the school year.