Lipscomb holds recycling collections for e-waste, old medications in November

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Lipscomb Community Recycling Collection

Saturday, Nov. 10
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lipscomb Academy Football Field
Corner of Caldwell and Lealand lanes

Thursday, Nov. 15
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lipscomb Academy, elementary school campus
4517 Granny White Pike


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Throwing away trash used to be a simple operation. But today with more awareness of the damaging effects of mercury, lead and arsenic on the environment, throwing out household trash – including light bulbs, batteries, pharmaceuticals or old electronics – has become much more complicated… and more costly.

But Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy Elementary School are making it easy and free to properly dispose of household waste and e-waste with toxic metals and chemicals as well as expired and leftover medications at two community collection days on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Thursday, Nov. 15.

On Nov. 10 household and electronic waste will be collected at the Lipscomb Academy High School football field in Green Hills, at the corner of Caldwell and Lealand lanes, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

On Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day), household and electronic waste will be collected at the Lipscomb Academy Elementary School campus at 4517 Granny White Pike.  At this collection, Lipscomb Academy third-graders will be providing home winterizing kits for the first 100 people to bring donations.

The Lipscomb collections will benefit various local charities.

  • The used cell phones collected will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
  • Proceeds from the recycled newspapers will benefit Lipscomb Academy Elementary School environmental education.
  • Proceeds from aluminum cans collected will benefit the elementary school’s Monarch Project, which helps provide a living wage for poor workers in Mexico.
  • Proceeds from the plastic bottles recycled will be collected by Dream Machine Recycle Rally, an organization which supports the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for U.S. Veterans with Disabilities.

Items accepted and not accepted are listed below. For more information call Linda Phipps at 615.966.6629 or Ginger Reasonover at 615.966.6326.

  • Small batteries, alkaline and rechargeable (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, button) – No car batteries.
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) & fluorescent tubes
  • Cell phones
  • Mercury thermometers can be exchanged for a digital thermometer
  • Unused and out-of-date medications, both prescriptive and over-the-counter
  • Ink cartridges
  • Plastic bags (grocery store, department store, dry cleaning, etc.)
  • Empty chip bags
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Newspaper


E-waste items accepted on both days include:

Computers and Peripherals

Complete and partial systems (working or not), processors (CPUs), optical drives (CDROM, CDRW, DVD, etc), network and communications hardware (modems, routers, hubs, etc), drives (hard drives, floppy), keyboards, laptops, mice, monitors, network hardware (servers), paper tape readers and punchers, plotters, printers, tape drives

Home Electronics

TVs (CRT, flat panel, plasma, etc), microwaves, mixers, phones (corded, cordless, and cellular), entertainment goods (VCRs, DVD players, radios and speakers) but NO WHITE GOODS, such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers.

Office Equipment

Barcode equipment, pagers, copy machines, fax machines, telephone systems (cordless, cellular, desk)

Security equipment, cameras, recorders, alarms, VCRs, key pads

Utility and Power Equipment

CATV, cable, electric generators, gas meters, repeaters, transformers, water meters, specialty equipment, construction, production, manufacturing equipment


Aluminum, any gold bearing product, brass, copper, stainless, lead, nickel alloy, platinum, palladium, mercury