URI student-athletes to hold Electronic Recycling Day on Nov. 20

All proceeds will benefit the construction of single-family homes in the area

KINGSTON – November 16, 2010 – The University of Rhode Island Athletics Department and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee are hosting an Electronic Waste Recycling Day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the URI-University of Massachusetts football game Saturday, Nov 20.

Fans are encouraged to bring old electronic items in support of the University’s South County Habitat for Humanity program. Members of the advisory committee will be on hand in the URI Athletics Complex to collect old electronic items, including stereos, televisions, computers, refrigerators – virtually anything with an electrical plug – from those looking to donate for a great cause.

Individuals wishing to donate items may bring them to either the Boss Ice Arena parking lot (enter from Rt. 138) or the west side of the Plains Road parking lot (enter from Plains Road). Money donations will also be accepted to help with the fundraising effort, and all funds raised will go to support URI’s partnership with South County Habitat for Humanity. Trucking services will be provided by RRI Recycling Inc., a URI Alumnus locally-owned company.

South County Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat International, builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Celebrating its 20th year this year, the affiliate has built 43 homes in South County as well as 70 homes in developing countries through donations to Habitat International. The affiliate also runs a Habitat ReStore to sell donated building materials and furniture at bargain prices, helping homeowners afford to maintain their homes as well as assisting the community to recycle usable materials.

For more information, contact Michael Scott, academic advisor for URI’s College Academic Enhancement Office, as 401.874.7556.

Acceptable E-Waste Items for donation:

Monitors, laptops, netbooks, PDA’s, computer CPU’s, televisions, fax machines, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, CD/DVD players, stereos, console gaming systems, games, network equipment, cell phones, telephones, battery backups, car batteries, and anything computer-related with a plug. Small appliances are also acceptable (see note below for items containing Freon). A $10 donation will be required to properly dispose of refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items containing Freon.