From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Clarksville area residents are encouraged to bring electronic waste, such as televisions, computers and cell phones, to a disposal site set up in the parking lot between Burt School and the Music/Mass Communication Building on the APSU campus.
Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams overfilling landfills across the country, but these items often contain highly recyclable materials. More than 130 million mobile phones alone were discarded in 2005. The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years, amounting to an estimated 3.2 million tons of e-waste.
Austin Peay is an official sponsor of a statewide effort to recycle e-waste in the month of May, and items collected here will be taken to a recycling site in Nashville.
Dropping off items during this collection day will provide area residents with a safe, convenient way of disposing of old computer servers, DVD players and laptops, but not all e-waste items will be accepted at the APSU site. Volunteers will not take hairdryers, light bulbs and fire detectors on these days. A listing of what is and isn’t acceptable is available online at http://tennessee.poweron.com/p/default_institutional.