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The City of Portland and USM Offer Free Electronics Recycling

Event Time and date: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. , Saturday April 13

Location:  USM, Woodbury Campus Center Parking Lot, 45 Bedford Street, Portland Maine

Press contacts: Tyler Kidder, (207) 228-8218 or Troy Moon, (207) 874-8467 

On Saturday, April 13, the City of Portland will partner with the University of Southern Maine to offer a free community electronic waste collection event.  Residents from around the region are invited to bring unwanted electronic items including televisions, computer monitors, computers, fax machines, printers, video game consoles and other electronic devices with a cord to the parking lot at the Woodbury Campus Center, 45 Bedford Street on the USM Campus from 9 AM – 1 PM.  Representatives from North Coast Services and Casella Resource Solutions will be on hand to collect the material and ensure that it is properly recycled. Only items that contain freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, cannot be accepted. 

“We are excited to work with the City to bring this community event to Portland,” said Tyler Kidder, Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs at the University of Southern Maine. “Both of our institutions have strong sustainability goals and it makes sense to work on them together whenever we can.”

Troy Moon, Environmental Programs and Open Space Manager for the City of Portland added “We are always looking for ways to help Portland residents reduce their waste and recycle unwanted items.  That is why we were so pleased that the University invited us to participate in this collection event.  Having the event on campus makes it easily accessible so we encourage anyone with unwanted electronic items to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle their unwanted electronics free of charge.”

Removing electronic items from our waste stream is an important way to prevent pollution. Many devices contain heavy metals and dangerous chemical compounds that could cause pollution if not handled appropriately.  Recycling prevents these toxins from entering the environment and facilitates the recovery of potentially valuable resources that can be re-used in other products.     

The collection event is not just for Portland residents.  Any Maine resident is welcome to participate.

For more information, please visit:

Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

or contact Steve Sweeney at 207-780-4658 or ssweeney@usm.maine.edu