IU South Bend hosts Electronic Waste Collection Fest

If you're someone who never can find a way to get rid of that old computer, here's your chance.

Indiana University South Bend is putting on the fifth annual Electronic Waste Collection Fest Friday and Saturday.

This event is so important because they say just throwing those old electronics away can really hurt the environment.

Businesses were able to drop electronics off Friday. After they were dropped off, they were put into semi-trailers with a seal.

They then get taken directly to a recycling shredder in Chicago.

Once they are shredded into tiny pieces, they will be put back into the manufacturing stream and within the next six months, they will show up as the resource for a new product.

The IU South Bend Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future says the average person between the ages of 40 and 60 has somewhere between 5 and 7 electronic items sitting in their basement or closet, so this is the perfect time to get rid of them.

“We anticipate or hope to get between 200 and 250,000 pounds, so we really want people to come out tomorrow (Saturday). If we can get 250,000 pounds dropped off we will have topped 1,000,000 pounds in the last five years. That makes us feel pretty good,” says director, Mike Keen.
The community can drop electronics off Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Keen says you can get in and out in 20 minutes. He says just go to the IU South Bend parking lot at 20th and Vine.

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