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Collection Kit

We encourage participants to maximize the impact at your local level by organizing an e-waste collection drive in your community or school in conjunction with the International E-Waste Design Competition. This can provide students with the opportunity to create useful products from old electronics and can be a powerful incentive for people to donate. Collected E-Waste should be made available to participants during the creative design process.

E-Waste Collection Kit (PDF Format)


62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer(and other Discarded Electronics) by Randy Sarafan


Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI)

SEI Resources: SEI Resources are collections of records for both online and hard copy material grouped by subject.

SEI RefWorks Database: The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) maintains a searchable bibliographic database of resources related to sustainable electronics and e-waste issues. This database mainly consists of peer-reviewed journal literature, as well as links to policy papers and other reports.

SEI YouTube Channel

The Story of Electronics

The Story of Stuff

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Ecodesign Section

Autodesk Sustainable Design

Raise Hope for Congo

Media Coverage

International E-Waste Design Competition Announcement (IDSA Ecodesign Section Blog, 8/3/12)

E-waste contest entries sought (Inside Illinois Brief Notes, 8/2/12)

Contest Gives Students Chance to Show How to Reduce Electronic Waste (University of Illinois News Bureau, 1/4/11)

Contest Gives Students Chance to Reduce E-waste (@Illinois, University of Illinois Alumni Association Newsletter, January 2011)

Students Compete to Reduce Electronic Waste (Daily Illini, 1/26/11)

More SEI and Design Competition Media Coverage

Background & Promotional Materials

All flyers and posters are in PDF format.

About SEI

About the Competition

2012 Competition Poster

2012 Competition Flyer