Free campus-wide e-waste recycling November 7th - 11th

October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

Do you have old calculators or computer cords stashed in your desk drawer, an old break room refrigerator, or some broken computer speakers? You know you want to get rid of them, but aren't sure where or how. Now you can! Drop off your office e-waste and other items at our campus recycling collection sites during the week of November 7th-11th.

This is the University's third e-waste recycling opportunity. Last year, hundreds of people from the University and community participated, recycling well over 43,000 pounds of electronic and scientific equipment. Due to popular demand, we have added a second collection during the year to better meet the need for e-waste recycling on campus.

Three convenient drop-off locations will be available starting Monday, November 7th. All items will be picked up by 1pm on Friday November 11th. Look for large (4' x 4') boxes at each of these locations:

The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with IT Services, is offering this recycling collection to the University as an opportunity to responsibly dispose of difficult-to-recycle items. While the event focuses on e-waste, other items will be accepted, such as scientific equipment and items with significant metal components. Please consult the list below for an overview of all accepted items. We still plan to hold the spring event, which includes drop off locations all week long plus a daylong collection on campus that is open to the entire community.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is anything you want to get rid of that has a plug, a battery, or was once electric equipment or a component of electric equipment (like fans, calculators, disk drives, computers, keyboards, space heaters, etc).

E-waste has significant consequences for the environment once it gets into landfill. Electronic equipment often includes contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants.  All of these contaminants can leach into the water supply once disposed of in landfill, causing significant health impacts.

In 2007, the U.S. generated 3 million tons of e-waste. You can help by bringing your outdated, broken, or unused electronics to our recycling collection during the week of November 7th. For more information on e-waste, read this article or visit the Electronics Take Back Coalition.

How will these items be recycled?

Our partner, ACME e-rase and e-cycle, disassembles and recycles every component of every item that enters their facility, located just a few miles away in Bridgeport. Office of Sustainability staff has visited this facility and is working closely with them so you can be confident that these items are being recycled responsibly.

What items will be accepted?

All types of e-waste will be accepted for recycling, in addition to scientific equipment and items with significant metal components.

  • Air conditioner
  • Batteries
  • Bridge
  • Boom box
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • CD player
  • CD walkman
  • Cell phone
  • Computer speaker
  • Copy machine
  • Cords and cables
  • CPU
  • CRT
  • Desktop copy machine
  • Desktop plotter
  • DVD player
  • Fax machine
  • Hub
  • IPod
  • Keyboard
  • Laptop
  • Mainframe cabinets
  • Metal
  • Microwave
  • Mice
  • Modem
  • Monitor
  • MP3 player
  • Printer
  • Radio
  • Router
  • Scanner
  • Scientific equipment (e.g. microscopes, oscilloscopes)
  • Small UPS
  • Space heater
  • Speakers
  • Stand alone plotter
  • Stereo receiver
  • Tape walkman
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Terminal
  • Vacuum
  • VCR
  • Video game system
  • Anything that has a significant metal component (e.g. aluminum shelves, furniture with metal frame, filing cabinets)

Still have questions? Contact Colleen Lanier Christensen.