OSU collecting electronics and plastics for recycling competition March 6-13


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is competing in the national RecycleMania competition and invites the public to contribute by recycling their electronics and film plastic during March 6-13.

Last year the university garnered a fifth place national ranking in the electronics category. The film plastic category is new this year.

On weekdays from Wednesday, March 6, through the following Wednesday, March 13, Campus Recycling will accept broken and unwanted electronics, as well as film plastics (such as plastic bags and wrap) from the public for free recycling, at their building at 644 S.W. 13th St.

The public is invited to bring items on the first day, Wednesday, March 6, any time between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or drop by on the following weekdays, Thursday-Wednesday, March 7-8 and 11-13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Electronics accepted include televisions, computer monitors, computers (laptops, CPUs), computer parts (hard drives, circuit boards, CD-roms, etc.), computer accessories (keyboards, mice, printers, modems, etc.), data/power cords and wire, cell phones and telephones, consumer electronics (radios, VCRs, projectors, MP3 players, speakers, etc.) and small appliances (toasters, microwaves, etc.).

Film plastics accepted include clean grocery bags, retail bags, shrink wrap, and other clean sort plastics coded #2 or #4.

Items not accepted include refrigerators and non-electric hazardous waste such as batteries, light bulbs, paint, chemicals and motor oil. Contact Republic Services of Corvallis regarding proper disposal of these items (http://www.corvallis.disposal.com). Plastics not accepted are rigid plastics, mylar (metallic-like), biodegradable/compostable bags, frozen food bags, prewashed salad bags or any plastic with food contamination.

E-waste items will be responsibly recycled (or wiped and refurnished) in Cornelius, Ore., by Computer Drive Connection, or locally by OSU Surplus Property. Plastics will be processed by Garten in Salem. Full details are available at http://tiny.cc/ewaste2013.

The event is part of RecycleMania, a 10-week national recycling competition between universities, taking place through March 30. OSU is competing nationally and in a civil war competition with the University of Oregon, and hosting various events throughout the competition.