Penn State Behrend recycles 7,219 pounds of electronics

How much is 7,219 pounds?

Imagine two hippopotamuses, 14 gorillas or two cars, and you’ll have an idea of the amount of electronics collected May 8 at the first Electronic Recycling Event at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

The event, co-sponsored by the Greener Behrend Task Force and Lion Surplus, gave Penn State Behrend faculty members, staff, and students an opportunity to dispose of used electronics in an environmentally friendly way. Television sets, monitors, hard drives, printers and DVD players were among the most collected items.

The 7,219 pounds filled 10 pallets. From Erie, the items were taken to the Lion Surplus facility at University Park to be sorted and sent to various recycling vendors.

“With a television, the plastic, glass and parts inside will be separated and go to different vendors,” said Annette Bottorf, a computer technician for Lion Surplus. “We are totally green. Nothing will go to the landfill, and when we contract a company, they have to guarantee us the same thing. Everything will be recycled and reused.”

Ann Quinn, lecturer in biology and faculty adviser for Greener Behrend, said she was impressed with the turnout for the event, and she would like to see the Electronic Recycling Event return in the future.

“We really exceeded our expectations, and we filled a need,” Quinn said. “It also did not cost us a thing, which is wonderful.”

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Last Updated May 14, 2014