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Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 8 a.m.

E-waste recycling event offers 'earth-friendly' way to dispose of electronics

By Staff

Looking to get rid of an old laptop or TV in an environmentally responsible way? The University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public Schools will be offering their 5th annual e-waste recycling event in early May.

The event is free and offers an opportunity to safely dispose of computer equipment, televisions and telephones — all of which may contain such hazardous materials as lead or mercury.

This year's drop-off points will be Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Boulevard, and the offices of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, located at 1819 S. Wagner Road.

Businesses and non-profit organizations can drop off electronic items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 3 and May 4 at the WISD. Pre-registration is requested, but not mandatory. You can pre-register by clicking here.

The general public can drop off electronics from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5 at Pioneer High. Enter from Main Street near the corner of West Stadium.

The e-waste recycling event is being coordinated by the U-M Office of Campus Sustainability. Last year's event collected enough electronic items to fill 20 semi-trailers. For more information on the event and for a complete list of materials that will be accepted, click here.



Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

how about tires? Can't we get a tire recycling event so we don't have to pay the tire stores to take the old ones? We shouldn't be paying to be friendly to the environment.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

DTE offers a program to get rid of your old frig or freezer, and get a small $$ rebate, too. When I moved last year, I needed to get rid of an extra "drinks" frig in the garage, and DTE came and hauled it away for free. You have to be a current DTE customer- info here:

David Rhoads

Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 12:28 p.m.

The City of Saline's Environmental Commission and The Fifth Corner Teen Center are holding their third E-waste recycling event on April 28, 9 am to 4 pm at the Teen Center,located at 211 Willis Rd in Saline. There is no charge and you don't have to be a resident of Saline. If you can get your E-waste items to the Teen Center, they will unload them for you. More information can be found at Thanks and I hope to see you there.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

Best Buy accepts recycling every day, no charge. Some items are not included, like console tvs. Program details for Michigan What We Take Seven items per household per day. Nearly everything electronic, including tube TVs and monitors up to 32", flat-panel TVs and monitors up to 60", peripherals, DVD players, home and car audio, cell phones, MP3 players, and cables. Desktop or laptop computers. Small electrics, fans and vacuums. No cost to the consumer. What We Don't Take Console TVs of any size, or tube TVs and monitors larger than 32". Use our haul-away or pickup programs for these items. Electronics containing refrigerants, such as mini refrigerators or air conditioners. Please contact your local waste disposal department. Appliances. Use our haul-away or pickup programs for refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washers and dryers, ranges and microwaves. Disassembled TVs and Monitors

Linda Peck

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

I am so happy to be able to take my computer there and know it will be handled properly. Thanks for publishing this article and informing the public.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.

Does anyone know where can I get rid of my broken lawn mower (preferably without charge)?

Sam Smith

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

Pioneer has an engine repair class. They took my friend's lawn mower.

John of Saline

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

Yeah, I put an old grill out with my trash once and it was gone within a half-hour. Good for whoever wants to fix it up!


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

I live near Pioneer, and I placed my old mower at the curb with a large FREE sign. It was gone within the hour. It ran, but the self-propelled feature was broken because it hit one too many tree roots. I also put that it needed work on the sign, but someone still took it.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

It's amazing to watch all the volunteers unload your car, sort your stuff, plant it on pallets and wrap the whole package before loading it onto waiting semi trailers. The logistics alone are boggling.

Tom Joad

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Good to know but the city and county need to have a dedicated drop-off point for electronics more often, perhaps on a monthly or even permanent basis. I've seen numerous qualifying electronic goods placed in dumpsters. Most people dispose of items in the laziest way possible, not caring about the environmental implications. Will definitely utilize this upcoming event. Thanks for printing the date.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

This is great. With technology advancing so rapidly, I've accumulated a number of outdated electronics in the past decade, and the opportunity to dispose of them responsibly (and without charge) is welcome. Thanks.