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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2013
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

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Complete Expired Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

E-waste recycling is collected on campus at a variety of locations. This material is taken to the UNCG Surplus warehouse. At Surplus the items that need data wiping are cleaned and either sold for reuse or recycled with our
contractor Synergy. Synergy recycles all computers, printers, laptops, peripherals, TVs, alkaline batteries, and anything else with a cord. Synergy is third party audited to ensure all waste is processed at its Mayodan location or within the United States. Synergy is also ISO 9000 certified.

Rechargeable batteries and cell phones are recycled through the Federally funded Call2Recycle program.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for institution-generated materials:

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) has created an Alternative Recycling Program to deal with e-waste. The OWRR lists the e-waste items can be recycled on campus on its website; these include batteries, ink toner cartridges, CDs/Floppy Discs, cell phones, and other electronics. These items are collected from faculty and staff in four ways:
1. One of four drop-off containers located at the Elliot University Center, the Mossman Building, the Student Rec. Facility, or the Sink Building (Facilities Operations).
2. E-waste may be packaged in small containers and sent via inter-office mail to the OWRR office.
3. Many departments have their own e-waste collection containers which are periodically serviced by OWRR.
4. OWRR can make special pickup arrangements when larger amounts are generated.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for student-generated materials :

As noted above, the OWRR's Alternative Recycling Program was established to handle e-waste on campus, and lists what e-waste items can be recycled on campus on its website. E-waste items are collected from students in three ways:
1. Students may use any of the four drop-off containers located at the Elliot University Center, the Mossman
Building, the Student Rec Facility or the Sink Building.
2. Every residence hall Community Advisor has a special E-waste collection container for resident students to use.
3. Should large amounts need to be retrieved, students may contact the OWRR for a special pickup.


The website URL where information about the e-waste recycling program is available:

Answers supplied by Ben Kunka, OWRR Manager.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.