Cindy Bither
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VMI to Collect Electronics for Recycling

FullTextImage/img/@altCadet Ben Sykes '13 adds another computer to the pile during last year's E-Cycling Day. -- VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 27, 2013 – Businesses and individuals can dispose of unwanted computers, televisions, and other electronic items this Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former Kmart garden center in the Stonewall Square Shopping Center. Items collected during E-Cycling Day will contribute to Virginia Military Institute’s entry in the nationwide college RecycleMania contest.

Anything with a cord can be recycled, including small household appliances, home entertainment equipment, and office equipment. The electronics will be inventoried and shipped to an electronics recycling facility, where the items’ components, such as plastics, glass, and metals, will be separated and recycled. Hard drives will be destroyed at the recycling facility, but it is the device owner’s responsibility to remove personal data prior to recycling.

This is the second year of the electronics category in RecycleMania, a competition in which colleges and universities keep track of how much they’ve recycled from Feb. 3 to Mar. 30. The entries are ranked in several ways, including overall weight recycled and weight recycled per capita. The results are also divided by material, including aluminum, glass, cardboard, and electronics.

In the 2011 event, VMI finished first in the state for total recyclables per capita and third nationally for cardboard recycling per capita.

The electronics collection is a cooperative effort of VMI and the Rockbridge County recycling office. For more information, contact Maj. Jenny deHart at dehartje@vmi.edu or 540-464-7658 or the Rockbridge County recycling office at 540-463-2437.

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