Electronics Recycling Center
The University of San Diego became the first higher education institution in California to join the State Electronics Challenge, a national environmental stewardship program. The challenge supports the university’s commitment to sustainability through its continued conservation and recycling efforts demonstrated through the Office of Sustainability’s wide array of programs and initiatives, including the USD Electronics Recycling Center.
USD joins 129 participant organizations in 36 states in the State Electronics Challenge, which assists colleges and universities, state, regional, tribal, and local governments to reduce the environmental impact of their office equipment.
This is just another milestone in the history of the USD Electronics Recycling Center (ERC), formerly the E-Waste Collection Center, since it opened in April of 2011. Over the past several years, the ERC grew from a small-scale student start-up to a full-scale operation collecting over 420,000 pounds of e-waste in 2013, marking a 238 percent growth from 2012. To date the ERC has diverted over 600,000 pounds through resale, reuse, and recycling.
In 2013, over 4,800 people visited the ERC to drop off their electronics or purchase gently used electronics at discounted prices. To better service its visitors, the ERC also began working with Partnerships with Industry, a non-profit organization that works to place adults with developmental disabilities gain skills through meaningful employment. The ERC’s PWI clients help coordinate collection events and conduct free e-waste pick-ups for businesses and residents across San Diego.
In addition to its efforts with San Diego businesses, the ERC also engaged with a number of university classes, was an off-site host for the ASHOKA conference, and helped facilitate the first ever Green Move Out and Move In for the campus.
For these efforts and more, the ERC won the Electronics Division of the national Recyclemania Tournament and was recognized by San Diego Earth Works with a 2013 E.A.R.T.H Works Award. The ERC is excited to join the SEC and continue to be at the forefront of the electronic waste revolution. Visit ERC’s website and contribute to the cause today!
For more information about the SEC, including a list of Partner organizations, visit www.stateelectronicschallenge.net.