Photos Above: A computer getting repaired (left) and monitors being checked for retail (left) at Sunnking (photographs courtesy of Sunnking, Inc.)
It’s almost time for the University of Rochester’s 6th annual E-cycle Day! The event is an opportunity for all University employees and students to recycle unwanted electronics and will take place on October 25th from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Park Lot on the River Campus.
The event accepts the vast majority of electronics, from computers, to speakers, to mobile phones, and everything in between. For a full list of acceptable items please click here. There are, however, a few important items that will not be accepted. These include alkaline batteries, light bulbs, and smoke detectors. Any products with mercury, such as a thermostat, or Freon, like a dehumidifier, are also not permitted.
The University is once again partnering with Sunnking, a professional recycling firm based in Brockport. Since online security is such an important issue, the company goes to great lengths to make sure that all information is erased from all the devices they take. They securely wipe data and destroy each device according to the HIPAA, FACTA, GLB, and Sarbanes Oxley regulations.
Once these security measures have been taken, Sunnking’s method is to try to reuse or resell every item that they can first, either at their own store or on e-bay. Sunnking then recycles all remaining items at their plant so that much of the materials from your old devices can be used in the creation of future products.
Please note that E-cycle Day is not intended to collect departmental electronics. Instead, please follow University procedure to securely recycle any items from your department. See http://www.rochester.edu/it/recycle/ for details.
E-cycle day will occur in Park Lot. This lot is on Intercampus Drive in the south end of campus. Click here for a directive map.
The event ends a little earlier this year than it has previously, at 2:00 p.m. But from 6:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., stop by Park Lot and get rid of those old, unwanted, electronics in an eco-friendly way!
By Abigail Fagan, Class of 2014