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BHSU recognized for e-waste recycling initiative

Two pallets with large cardboard boxes containing computers and printers.
E-waste collection at Black Hills State University.

Black Hills State University has won a national award for efforts to manage its electronic waste.

BHSU was one of 16 colleges to win the2023 Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition. It collected more than 5000 pounds of e-waste over eight weeks, according to a press release from the school. The school stockpiles old printers and computers throughout the semester, then recycles them each semester.

Electronic devices contain several toxic chemicals, including mercury and lead. If they aren’t disposed of properly, those substances can leach into the environment.

The competition, organized by the National Wildlife Federation, encourages colleges and universities to reduce the waste of their footprints. In addition to e-waste, it also gives awards for waste reduction and composting.

The group estimates29.4 million pounds of waste were donated, composted or recycled through the initiative this year.

Slater Dixon is a junior at Augustana University studying Government and Data Science. He was born in Sioux Falls and is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.
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