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Recycle Old Computers

Contact: Danielle Hinson

Photo of used computers in the basement of the Reynolds building at UK
Some of the computers in the basement of the Reynolds building will be sent to Unicor -- a national facility used by Dell and other companies for refurbishing and recycling computer equipment.

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Items that are accepted* include any brand of computer-related equipment: computers, computer monitors, keyboards, mice, printers and other peripherals. Items that will not be accepted include televisions, copiers, cell phones and other household electronics unrelated to a computer.

*UK equipment that is unused or old should be handled by UK Surplus at (859) 257-8638.

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June 26, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Want to get rid of obsolete and reusable computer equipment free of charge? Then bring it to the Red Lot at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

UK and Lexmark have teamed with Dell Computer Corporation to participate in the 2003 Dell/Recycling Tour. The recycling tour was created as a way to participate in and support the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Plug-In To eCycling” campaign and to educate consumers that “No Computer Should Go to Waste.”

The tour was originally limited to five cities in five weeks with a goal of collecting 100 tons of unwanted computer equipment. They collected 250 tons, prompting Dell to add 10 more cities to the national tour, including Lexington. After 11 stops, more than 600 tons of equipment have been collected. Computers that can be refurbished will be donated to non-profit agencies across the nation.

“So far, the average amount collected in each city has been 15 tons of used equipment with Denver having collected 250 tons,” said Tom Gregory, recycling coordinator for UK.

Items that are accepted include any brand of computer-related equipment: computers, computer monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, and other peripherals. Items that will not be accepted include televisions, copiers, cell phones, and other household electronics unrelated to a computer.

For those unable to drop off equipment on June 28, Dell encourages people to visit the new online computer recycling and donating option at www.dell4me.com/recycling/. For more information regarding the June 28 event, call (859) 257-8788.


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