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FREE Electronic Waste Recycling

We are partnering with ECS Refining to offer our campus and surrounding community FREE electronic waste recycling.  ECS Refining is a leader in responsible electronics recycling and has two certifications, eStewards and R2, verifying that they handle and recycle properly. 

You can drop off items between 11am to 2pm on the west loading dock of the Medical Education & Training (MET) Building located at 1000 Montgomery St. Fort Worth, TX.  We will not store or accept items before or after that time.  For every pound of electronics collected, we receive financial rewards which will fund environmental improvements on campus, and one lucky participant will win a free Kindle E-reader for donating!  Click on the link below to see a full list of accepted/not accepted items.

SEE Full List of Accepted Items

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Earth Day Event Booths

earth dayBooths to inspire and educate you to "Think Green" will be located in MET 109-111 and lobby at the Earth Day Event.  WATCH THE VIDEO FROM 2013.  From composting and gardening to electronic waste management to signing up to be an organ donor, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics.  See below for a list of booths confirmed to attend the event. 

External Booths:

Internal Booths:

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Food Demonstrations & Samples

Because the food choices we make have huge impacts on our environment, we'll be having two food demonstrations with samples.  Food can be good for us AND good for the planet!  Both demos will be located on the second floor in the MET and the Coffee Bar will be in the Lobby first floor. 

Blue Zones Project Food Demo

BLue zonesBlue Zones Project is "a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices in Fort Worth".  At our event, one of their chefs will do a quick recipe demonstration of a dish that is good for you and good for our environment.  Participants are welcome to take food samples and will also receive a free reusable cutlery set.  Learn more about Blue Zones Project here

Soulgood Food Demo

chefSoulgood is a vegetarian and vegan popup restaurant located in the Dallas Farmers Market.  Chef Cynthia will speak about the connections between the food we eat and our environmental impact.  She will do a quick recipe demonstration and give out food samples.  Learn more about Soulgood here. 

Righteous Foods Coffee Barcoffee

Righteous Foods has been invited to do a coffee bar at the event, and the Graduate Student Association is sponsoring it.  Righteous Foods offers ethical and organic direct trade coffee. Direct Trade coffee promote business between the buyers and sellers thus cutting out the middleman.  Come learn more and grab a sample at the table!

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Nissan Leaf Test Drives

The Nissan Leaf is a 100% electric car, and you have the opportunity to take one out for a spin at the Earth Day Event!  Openings are currently available for two drivers every 15 minutes from 11am to 2pm. 

Sign up at the Doodle Poll by clicking here and marking the slot you want (put your name and email in the Doodle Poll) or email  with your time preference.  If demand is high, we can add more slots, so don't let your chance to test drive roll on by!  You will need to have your drivers license and sign a waiver before driving. 

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Upcycled/Repurposed Photo Contest


Submit the Upcycled/Repurposed Form Here

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Eco-Friendly Light Lunch

This year we will be serving a light lunch (first come, first serve) served on food boats made with 100% renewable resources and with paper napkins made with 100% recycled materials.  Below are more specifics.
  • Bring a reusable cup to the event for a drink (no cups will be available).  We want to create a culture on campus where people bring their own reusable cup rather than consuming single use cups or bottled water. 
  • Vegetarian and meat options will be served. 
  • You must get 3 stamps on your passport before you can get food and drinks.  See the information table at the event for more details.

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Community Garden's Compost Class

CGFrom 12:30 to 1pm, the Tarrant County Master Gardeners will be hosting a compost class at the UNTHSC Community Garden on campus.  The class and travel time will last 30 minutes, and we will meet at the south entrance of the MET at 12:25pm.  A shuttle will take people to the garden and back.  If you'd like to join the class, please pre-register with us by emailing  by April 17th.  The class will cover the basics of composting and you'll get to visit the community garden. 

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Tai Chi Demo

tai chiEnjoy the great outdoors at the Earth Day Event and come to the Tai Chi Demonstration hosted by the Office of Health Promotion.  The demo will be led by Dr. English and will take place 12:15-12:45pm on the MET lawn.  A drawing of prizes including memberships to the Founders Activity Center (FAC) and personal training sessions will be conducted at the end of the demo.  In addition, The FAC have information available on their services and facility.  Come and try it out!

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Visit the Veggie Van

vanCold Springs Farm operates a mobile farmer's market here in North Texas called the Veggie Van.  At the event, the van will be offering samples of local and sustainably grown veggies.  The van will be located at the south side of the MET on Bunting Ave.  Tour the van, grab a sample, and fill out a 2 question survey on perhaps having the van come regularly to campus. 

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Unused/Expired Drug Take Back

In its commitment to providing for a safe community, the UNTHSC Police Department collects unused/expired medications and more in a drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department.  Medications and drugs improperly disposed of pose environmental and human health risks (learn more).

Please see below for what is and is not accepted.  Loose pills should be placed in a plastic bag provided at the bin.  As needed, the drop box will be emptied by a police officer and all medications will be securely transported to an appropriate disposal facility in accordance with the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

Items Accepted
 Items NOT Accepted
 Prescriptions  Hydrogen Peroxide
 Prescription Patches
 Thermometers & Inhalers
 Prescription Medications
 Samples from clinics or doctors' offices
 Prescription Ointments
 Needles, or other Sharps
 Over-the-counter Medications
 Medication from Businesses or Clinics
 Vitamins  Aerosol Cans
 Samples  Ointments, Lotions, or Liquids
 Medications for Pets
 Illegal Substances

As part of the Earth Day Event on Thursday, April 23rd, we encourage the UNTHSC campus to bring their unused or expired medications to campus on that day.  While the Drop Box Program is available throughout the year, we encourage you to bring it on this specific day to celebrate Earth Day. 

See the Drug Drop Box Program for what they accept and more specifics.

See the news announcement about the program.

Contact Information:

For questions about the program, please contact Jonathan Grose at (817) 735-5154. 

For questions about the Drop Box as part of the Earth Day Event, please contact Sandy Bauman at 817-735-2451. 

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FREE Document Shredding

As part of the event, we will offer FREE document shredding in partnership with the Records Information Management. The service will be provided by Data Shredding Service which is the same company that provides shredding services for campus.  Shredding documents allows for the secure, efficient, and eco-friendly destruction of sensitive documents.  Paper is recycled after it is shredded. 

How it will work at the Earth Day Event:

  • A bin will be available at the Records Information Management Table in the MET Lobby on Thursday, April 23 from 11am to 2pm. 
  • You may put any sensitive documents in the bin during that time.
  • Be sure to get a stamp on your Earth Day Passport for visiting the table. 

Why Shred?

More FAQ about shredding

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Prizes & Sponsors

Many prizes and giveaways are available throughout the event:

  1. Enter the Upcycled Photo Contest for a chance to win a Kindle e-Reader (see above for details).bag
  2. A Kindle E-reader will be given to one lucky winner for donating to the electronics waste recycling event. 
  3. "Think Green" reusable cotton totes will be given away (while supplies last).
  4. FAC memberships and personal training will be drawn out to participants of the Tai Chi Demo. 
  5. Get 6 stamps on you Think Green Passport (given at the information tables), and you'll be entered to win one of these great prizes:

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Office Spring Cleaning

Does your office/department at UNTHSC have unused or unwanted items?  Now is the time to Spring Clean!  Simply go through you office and supplies then contact Property Control with any unwanted items.  On the day of the event, April 23rd, Property Control will have a booth where they'll display items that are available to staff or for personal purchase. 

See FAQs of Property Control

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This page last updated 09th Apr 2015