Every spring since 2008, University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public schools co-sponsored a community wide eWaste Recycling event. E-Waste is a term commonly used to describe electronic equipment that has reached the end of its useful life. This event provides an opportunity for safe, and environmentally responsible disposal and recycling. The event continues to be popular with non-profits, businesses and the general public. Our current summary from the annual event can be found here.
2017 STATUS: Regional entities have been trying to work out an event for this year. It is still possible but unlikely. Washtenaw County residents can take advantage of the county wide clean up days. Other recycling opportunities can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Protect the Environment
- Electronic waste, or e-Waste, is the fastest growing waste stream in the country.
- e-Waste often contains hazardous materials, which can adversely affect the environment.
- e-Waste Recycling Events Frequently Asked Questions
- Materials Accepted at e-Waste Recycling Events
Conserve Natural Resources
- Consumer electronics contain materials that require the mining of raw materials. They are highly recyclable.
- Electronics recycling technology separates commodity streams of metals, plastics and glass, and processes these materials for reuse in new products.
Recycling Responsibly Is the Right Thing to Do
- Following collection, equipment is properly disassembled, shredded and recycled into raw materials by a fully licensed and third party certified recycling facility in North America.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as much as 80% of discarded consumer electronics in the U.S. ends up in developing countries where environmental and workers health and safety laws are non-existent. This practice also fuels a multibillion-dollar industry of identity theft in these countries.
For tips on recycling your e-Waste at other times, see the EPA website