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Computer Donation, Recycling and Disposal Options at Penn

Electronic equipment that is broken or obsolete must be properly disposed of or sent for recycling. Do not place any electronic equipment in the trash, even if it is broken. Electronic equipment may contain heavy metals and other materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment.

Computers and electronic equipment typically contain:

Lead--Computer monitors contain a picture tube known as a cathode ray tube (CRT). CRT's contain leaded glass, and are the largest source of lead in municipal waste. Solder used in printed circuit boards may also contain lead.

Cadmium--The largest source of cadmium in municipal waste is rechargeable nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries. These batteries are found in most desktop and laptop computers.

Mercury--Some electronic equipment also contains recoverable quantities of mercury, which is a toxic metal.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers discarded electronic equipment as characteristic hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Unwanted electronic equipment must therefore either be donated for reuse or sent for recycling.

Recycling may be arranged through your school's or center's computing services group. Penn's Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) accepts computer equipment donations. Equipment that can be refurbished is upgraded and donated to various organizations. Outdated equipment that cannot be donated must be recycled. A description of the CCP programs and contact information can be found at

Computer and electronic equipment that cannot be donated must be sent to an electronics recycler. Elemental Inc., an approved University vendor, will pick up all types of computer and electronic equipment, (215) 289-1475.

Penn Computing provides recommendations for preparing equipment for recycling or disposal including the removal of sensitive data and commercial software from the machines; see

For questions regarding this program, please contact Jim Crumley at the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS), at (215) 746-5036.

Information can be found on the EHRS website,

-- Laura Peller, EHRS

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Human Resources: Professional and Personal Development

Take advantage of the programs offered by Human Resources to help further your professional and personal development. The Learning and Education (L&E) and Quality of Work Life (QOWL) departments are promoting several programs in the month of March, as listed below. Visit the Human Resources website at for descriptions of the programs and to pre-register online. Registration is required for all programs.

Learning and Education programs
Learn valuable skills through American Management Association (AMA) programs, Brown Bag Matinees, Satellite Broadcasts, and other programs. For questions on L&E programs, call (215) 898-3400 or visit

Tuesday, March 4, 9 a.m.--5 p.m.
AMA Program: Communicating with Diplomacy and Influence

Wednesday, March 5, 9 a.m.--5 p.m.
AMA Program: Communicating with Diplomacy and Influence

Wednesday, March 19, 11 a.m.--12:30 p.m.
Satellite Broadcast: "Leading in Difficult Times" by Rudy Giuliani

Wednesday, March 19, 12 p.m.--1 p.m.
Brown Bag Matinee:
Communicating Non-defensively

Thursday, March 27, 9 a.m.--5 p.m.
Franklin Covey: What Matters Most (time management workshop)

Friday, March 28, 12 p.m.--1 p.m.
Brown Bag Matinee: Salary Negotiations

Quality of Work Life programs
Human Resources continues to promote effective communication and health promotion with workshops presented by experts from PENN Behavioral Health (our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life Benefit provider), and Independence Blue Cross. For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal well-being, contact PENN Behavioral Health at 1-888-321-4433 or go on-line to

For questions on QOWL programs, contact Orna Rosenthal at or (215) 898-5116.

Thursday, March 6, 11:30 a.m.--1 p.m.
Employee Assistance and Work/Life Benefit workshop: Assertive Communication

Thursday, March 27, 12 p.m.--1 p.m.
Health Awareness Workshop: Eating on the Run

Look for monthly updates on HR programs in future Almanac editions.

-- Division of Human Resources

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 22, February 18, 2003