Electronics Recycling in F.I.T. Residence Halls, with a Focus on Move-out Opportunities
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Electronics recycling or e-cycling, applies to consumer and business electronic equipment that is at the end of its life cycle, including computers, peripheral devices, and analog electronics. E-cycling is a better alternative than discarding electronics because it removes toxins from landfills, recycles natural resources, and is creating new industries. The Univ. of San Diego developed an electronics recycling program that generated over $200,000 in revenue and 750,000 pounds of e-waste (Catanzaro and Morreal, 2014). At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, a program was created in the residence halls to incentivize students to recycle traditional and electronic goods, support local sustainable businesses, and promote a culture of sustainability (Goresko and Rowland, 2014). E-cycling resources are not currently coordinated or advertised at F.I.T. This study focuses on building a systems-based program to initiate coordinated e-cycling on- and off-campus, with an initial focus on residence halls. The goal is to increase the measurable volume of e-cycling products among seven residence halls using three objectives: - Objective 1: to identify the current structure of the electronics recycling system at F.I.T. Objective 2: to plan and deploy the placement of Electronic Recycling Stations (ERSs) in residence halls on and off campus. Objective 3: to transfer the project to new generations of students and staff to ensure maintenance of the program over time.