Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Hosting Electronics Recycling Drive

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 24, 2016

The drive gives members of Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a chance to get rid of old phones, computers and other electronics and supports Sustainability Scholarships.

Recycle Mania

If you have a pile of electronics collecting dust somewhere in your house, Texas Tech University wants them. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (March 26), University Student Housing will host an electronics recycling drive in parking lot C-16 (Commuter West) near the intersection of Knoxville Avenue and Texas Tech Parkway.

The drive is one of several events the department has completed as part of Recyclemania, an eight-week competition that ranks colleges and universities based on their recycling efforts. Melanie Tatum, unit assistant director in Sustainability and Warehouse Operations, said all the money generated by the recycling efforts supports students.

“This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to help generate money for our Sustainability Scholarships, and to get rid of old computers, TVs, etc. and help us with the Recyclemania competition,” Tatum said. “Everything we collect during this event will be recycled and the money from the rebates will go back to the students in the form of scholarships.”

Over the past three years, $55,000 has been awarded in scholarships, with $30,000 awarded just last year, Tatum said.

Microwaves and appliances cannot be accepted at the drive, but the following electronics can:

  • Telephones
  • Cell phones
  • Stereos
  • Cables and cords
  • Gaming consoles
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • Servers
  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers/Copiers
  • Scanners
  • Fax machines
  • Circuit boards

For more information about sustainability and recycling efforts on campus, visit their website.