Spring-Clean and be Green: E-Waste Collection Drive

June 2015

Residence Halls

Beginning June 1, IT Services will be providing an electronic-waste bin to all the Residence Halls at the University. This will allow residents to properly dispose of any electronic equipment before moving-out for the summer.

  • Bins will be emptied every morning.
  • Collection bins are heavy duty cardboard (24x24x36), and will indicate the accepted collection items.
  • Off-campus students, staff and faculty may bring their items to any on-site location: Gordon Center for Integrative Science (GCIS), Regenstein Library, and 6019 S. Kimbark Ave.

Community-Wide Collection

Items will also be accepted on June 9, 10 and 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 6100 South Blackstone Avenue. There will be workers on site to assist in the secure collection and disposal of your electronics.

What is the environmental impact of disposing electronics into the environment without any precaution?

Improper disposal of electronic equipment has the potential to leach heavy metals into the groundwater system, erode the soil, and cause major problems for local ecology. It is imperative that these devices be managed at the end of their useful lives to prevent environmental harm, and protect the health of the communities in which the devices are disposed – including the workers processing the equipment. Material such as steel, aluminum, plastic, copper and precious metals can be separated and returned to the marketplace, giving them new life in new products.

Please email the officeofsustainability@uchicago.edu for any questions or comments.