Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts Feb. 17 electronics recycling event

Every year, tons of discarded TVs, computers, keyboards and cell phones wind up in U.S. landfills. Pellissippi State Community College aims to reduce this waste with an electronics recycling event on Feb. 17 at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The “e-cycle” activity is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the campus, which is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. The community is encouraged to donate items.

Scott Recycling of Knoxville will be on hand to accept all types of equipment that contains electronic parts: copiers, fax machines, printers, computer and telephone equipment, power backups, servers, and small appliances. Disposal of donated items is done in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

The amount of electronics recycled will count toward Pellissippi State’s total for Recyclemania, a national competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Recyclemania starts Feb. 15 and continues through March 31.

Electronic products contain natural resources and highly engineered materials like metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling and reusing consumer electronics conserves natural resources and reduces air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.

A leader in environmental and sustainability initiatives among Tennessee colleges and universities, Pellissippi State received the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2010.

For more information about this event, call (865) 694-6400 or contact the campus’ recycling coordinator, Roger Milam, at recyclingmaganddiv@pstcc.edu.