By tonight, tons of unwanted computers, monitors, printers and the like should be on the road north from Virginia, bound for a recycling plant in Massachusetts.
“To get rid of all this stuff and keep it out of our landfills is our goal,” said Wendy Burchard, one of the coordinators for the “E-Waste Recycling Event” at the University of Richmond and three other colleges in the state. Thursday and yesterday were collection days for schools and small business in the Richmond area with electronic waste to discard. Today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., individuals can bring their malfunctioning, obsolete or just plain old electronic equipment to UR’s Modlin Center parking lot for safe and secure recycling.
“Our goal across Virginia is 200,000 pounds,” said Burchard, who handles computer procurement in the UR information services office.
But the total at the end of today should be more like 250,000 pounds, environmental engineer Andrew McManus estimated. He’s with Metech Recycling, the electronics-recycling company that is taking the e-waste collected at all four universities.