Bowdoin Offers Free E-waste Take-back Day

This Friday, Bowdoin is encouraging employees and students to get rid of all the electronic waste cluttering up their garages, attics and basements.

A Waterville, Maine-based nonprofit, eWaste Alternatives, will set up a collections operation in the parking lot on Coffin Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sept. 21. Bowdoin employees and students can drop off TVs, computers, cellphones, fax machines, microwaves, Game Boys — any electronic device or small appliance, according to Keisha Payson, Bowdoin’s coordinator for sustainability.

The service is specifically for household waste and not office waste, Payson said. Bowdoin already recycles its dated electronics with eWaste Alternatives.

Bowdoin has partnered with eWaste Alternatives because it deals responsibly with electronic garbage, Payson said. The company is a subsidiary of SKILLS, Inc., a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual disabilities and other challenges find jobs, housing and support services. Disabled adults are hired to recycle as much of the electronics as they can. All the salvaged goods, particularly computers and televisions, are provided to disadvantaged communities.

For a complete list of accepted goods, click the link.

Accepted electronics: TVs , computers, wires, cables, adapters, power supplies, internal computer components, all CRT computer monitors (glass) and LCD monitors, laptops, desktop scanning and printing devices (including fax machines and typewriters) cell phones, PDA’s, game consoles, non-automotive rechargeable batteries, radios, satellite gear, network devices, VCRs, DVD players are all recycled. They also accept small appliances such as microwaves, toasters — but none with refrigerants such as air conditioners or dehumidifiers.

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