ERIE, Pa. (Aug. 15, 2013)—After continued success working with K-12 and higher education participants, FundingFactory, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, announces the launch of COLLECTED, the free electronic waste (e-waste) recycling program for college campuses. COLLECTED enables higher education institutions to exchange e-waste for cash or rewards, while preventing millions of pounds of harmful waste from reaching landfills.
COLLECTED pays higher education institutions for collecting used inkjet and toner printer cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and laptops. Through online accounts at FundingFactory.com, participants can track their reuse and recycle rates, raw materials breakdown, carbon emission offsets, as well as shipments and earnings.
“As sustainability becomes a primary focus for colleges and universities, disposing of electronic waste in a safe and efficient manner is of upmost importance to eco-minded student bodies around the country,” said COLLECTED Channel Development Manager Conor MacDowell. “COLLECTED offers a 100 percent free recycling solution for electronic waste, while also providing promotional materials to support each school’s collection program and ensure minimal divergence of recyclable material.”
As an active COLLECTED recycler, Drexel University kicked-off its participation with a campus-wide “Clean Up, Green Up: Move-Out Day 2013” e-waste recycling campaign. Kyle Kephart, director of quality services and chair of the sustainability council at Drexel University, helped organize the campaign to raise awareness for e-waste recycling on campus.
“The containers provided by COLLECTED make it easy and convenient for members of the Drexel community to recycle e-waste and unwanted gadgets that can’t go into regular recycling bins,” said Kephart. “As an added bonus, we used the funds raised through Clean Up, Green Up to invest in other Drexel green initiatives.”
Colleges and universities interested in joining COLLECTED can contact Conor MacDowell directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-464-1836.
Since its inception in 1998, FundingFactory and its partners have provided more than $35 million in funding to schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved over 64 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn cash or products by recycling empty printer cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics from their communities and supporters. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., COLLECTED operates in an R2 “Responsible Recycling”, ISO Certified, Zero Landfill Initiative facility with more than 99 percent of its incoming material reused or recycled in 2011. FundingFactory is a program of Clover Technologies Group.