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Canceled: March 19 E-Waste Event at SLU

by Jeanette Grider on 03/06/2020
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March 12 Update: Saint Louis University has decided to cancel the Recyclemania e-waste and shredding drive scheduled for Thursday, March 19. The University may consider hosting a recycling event later in the year. 

RecycleMania 2017

Student volunteers at a past Electronic Waste (E-Waste) and ShredMania event. SLU photo

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Saint Louis University will hold its annual Electronic Waste (E-Waste) and ShredMania event from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19, on the Fred Weber parking lot adjacent to Chaifetz Arena.

The event is open to the St. Louis community as well as SLU faculty, staff and students. Staff and volunteers will be available to unload items from vehicles.

Clothing, small appliances and decor items can also be dropped off for the Billiken-to-Billiken resale store where SLU students can get great fashion bargains and items for their dorm spaces.

The drive is sponsored by SLU’s Facilities Services Division in partnership with the Midwest Recycling Center (MRC) and Stericycle. The event is part of the University SLUstainability program in conjunction with the 2020 Recyclemania competition (an intercollegiate recycling competition between regional and national colleges and universities).

Paper items are free however some electronic waste items may be subject to a fee. Additional information is included in the E-Waste section.


Bring any type of paper to be shredded. Documents will be destroyed on-site with a mobile shredding vehicle. Secure shredding provides an opportunity to properly dispose of confidential documentation that fulfills federal, state, and other legal requirements of disposal. This method of disposal is a safe and secure way to prevent valuable information from getting into the wrong hands. Furthermore, shredding assists in the recycling process and creates a new source of paper which helps the environment by preventing the cutting of additional trees.

 Items recommended for shredding include: invoices, bank statements, canceled checks, profit and loss statements, leases, capital stock ledgers, patent and related data, computer printouts, market research studies, customer lists, sales figures, sealed bids, strategies, balance sheets, reconciliations, audit reports, monthly trial balances, claims and litigation records, timecards, new product designs, credit reports and applications, marketing/advertising plans, medical records, micro media, draft copies of letters, drug screens, cash books, financial statements, correspondence, tax returns, trademark information, complaints, blueprints, inaccurate sales literature, contracts, R & D information, personnel records, memos and legal briefs, technical data, insurance records, sign in/registration forms

(Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs.)

Electronics Waste

Click here for a MRC list of items that will be accepted free at the SLU recycling event. Please take note of the disposal fees that apply to televisions, items containing Freon and computer monitors.

There are also items that aren’t accepted at recycling events but can be dropped off at an MRC facility. These include alkaline batteries, magnetic media (VHS tapes, cassette tapes, floppy disks) and optical discs (CDs/DVDs). Some fees may apply. Visit the MRC website for more details. 

Drug Disposal

Saint Louis University’s Department of Public Safety will be on hand to collect unwanted, expired and/or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.

Following are some guidelines:

  • Controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter substances will be collected.
  • This event is for patients and their families to dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
  • Any solid dosage form pharmaceutical products (tablets, capsules, etc.) in consumer containers may be accepted.
  • Small (pint size) bottles of cough syrups may be disposed of if properly sealed.  
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or heroin are not a part of this initiative and are prohibited.
  • No needles.  
  • No inhalers or other compressed air cylinders.