Environmental health and safety office

Electronic Waste

Most electronic equipment and appliances contain a variety of hazardous substances and toxic metals such as lead, nickel, mercury, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils, freons, Radioactive materials, and more.

The existence of such materials in electronic equipment, render it hazardous waste by federal and state regulations. Therefore, prohibited from being disposed in the solid waste (trash), and must be managed appropriately.

Before you dispose of electronic equipment, and if the equipment still functions properly, put a piece of tape on the equipment and write on the tape the word "Works," otherwise mark the tape with the words "Does Not Work."contact other University departments to see if they can use the equipment.  If other departments can use the equipment, notify University Inventory Services of the transfer.  If no University department can use the equipment, contact University Inventory Services to have them delete the equipment from the inventory system. The equipment should then be collected by Facilities Management department for shipment to a state licensed recycler.

At the moment, the University sends its electronic waste to Asset Recovery Corp.

If you have large amounts of electronic equipment, it should be collected/ packaged in Gaylord boxes,

If you have questions or to request a pick up or a Gaylord box, call:
Environmental Health and Safety Office at 726-6764.

Note: No hazardous chemicals should be sent or given to a recycler, or included with electronic equipment.

Examples of Electronic Equipment

  • Appliances
  • Audio equipment
  • Calculators
  • Capacitors
  • Circuit boards
  • Computer monitors
  • Computers
  • Copy machines
  • Cordless/ rechargeable
  • Fax machines
  • keyboards
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Photocopiers
  • Position sensor
  • Relays
  • Stereos and components
  • Switches
  • Telecoms. equipment
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • Transformers
  • Video cassette recorders
  • Video monitors