Electronic Waste Collection at OCC Keeps Waste Out of Landfills

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Oakland Community College is teaming with Verizon and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) to sponsor two electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events at the Royal Oak and Southfield campuses. The event is sponsored by OCC’s Sustainability Committee in support of Campus Sustainability Month.

e-Waste collection times, dates and locations are:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the OCC Royal Oak Campus South parking lot, 218 W. Hudson Ave., Royal Oak (corner of S. Washington Ave. and West Hudson Ave.)
  • Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the OCC Southfield Campus, West parking lot, 22322 Rutland Drive, Southfield 

GEEP will collect approved e-waste from students, staff, faculty and Oakland County community residents and transport the waste to the company’s facility.

“We make it easy for those wishing to drop off their electronic waste items,” said Mike Halaburda, OCC facilities manager. “OCC employee volunteers and GEEP team members will collect items from cars that drive up to the event drop-off station at our OCC parking lots in Royal Oak and Southfield. When the collection is over, we transport it to a local GEEP facility for processing.”

Over the past three years, OCC has collected over 61,000 pounds of waste. In previous years, collections have included special recycling in our community including used phones for Haven.

The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, office phones, microwaves, chargers, TVs, cable boxes, lithium ion and car batteries, hard drives, industrial equipment, personal electronics, radios, computer monitors, audio equipment, routers, circuit boards, cables, wires, cords and home appliances.

The following materials will not be accepted: bio-hazard material, radioactive material, VHS tapes, CDs, Freon-containing devices, alkaline batteries, leaking batteries, any non-electronics and hazardous waste (such as paint or oil).

For more information, contact Mike Halaburda or (248) 341-2016.

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

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Contact: Bridget M. Kavanaugh | Marketing & Communications | T 248.341.2020 | bmkavana@oaklandcc.edu