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"Green Monstah" E-Waste Recycling Station

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: Monday, April 1, 2013
Contact: Terry Warner, 413-577-1596, twarner@library.umass.edu
Ezra Small, 413-545-0799, esmall@facil.umass.edu

UMASS AMHERST INTRODUCES

“GREEN MONSTAH” E-WASTE RECYCLING CENTER

AT W.E.B. DU BOIS LIBRARY

Amherst, Massachusetts - The Campus Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the UMass Amherst Libraries to provide an easy, centralized way for the campus community to recycle electronic products. Beginning in April, the vestibule of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be home to the “Green Monstah” Electronic Waste Recycling Center.

The project has been in the works for several years and is now ready to be introduced to the campus. Waste Reduction Fellows in the Campus Sustainability Initiative and students from the Building and Construction Technology Department constructed the wooden receptacle in the UMass Wood Shop, painted it a “Fenway Green,” and designed signage that makes it clear and easy for any member of campus to recycle their e-waste.

The campus community will now be able to recycle small electronics like phone chargers, USB cables, iPods, and calculators, as well as light bulbs, ink cartridges, and non-alkaline batteries. UMass Amherst Earth Day Keynote Speaker Annie Leonard, creator of documentary films the “Story of Stuff” and the “Story of Electronics,” claims that each year “we make 25 million tonnes of E-Waste.”

“We are grateful that the Library has agreed to house the ‘Green Monstah’ because we wanted it to be centralized and easy to access for anyone on campus,” says Madison Burke, the current Waste Reduction Fellow for the Campus Sustainability Initiative. “This project has been in the works for a long time, so it’s rewarding to see it come to fruition,” adds Student Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Hebert, who will be receiving her master’s degree in Sustainability Science in the fall of 2013.

Students like Burke will be monitoring the bins at the recycling station on a weekly basis and will be working closely with the Office of Waste Management to transport the e-waste to the recycling facility on campus. “As you enter the library, keep a look out in early April for the station with the sign, ‘The Green Monstah,’ says Hebert. “He will be hungry for electronics recycling.”

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Last Edited: 1 April 2013