What is E-Waste and how is E-Waste Collected on Campus?

Electronic waste, or "e-waste," is unwanted or non-working electronic equipment. E-waste is classified as universal waste, a category of hazardous waste. Many electronic products contain hazardous ingredients such as lead and mercury. There are specific regulations for discarding e-waste and, in general, it cannot be discarded in regular solid waste landfills. Computers, monitors, televisions, and stereos are just a few examples of e-waste.

Batteries, including rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries, silver button batteries, mercury batteries, small sealed lead acid batteries, most alkaline batteries, and carbon-zinc batteries, are classified as universal waste.  If your department generates unwanted batteries, please contact EHS to have a container delivered to your office and to schedule a battery pick-up for proper disposal.  If your department generates less than (8) batteries, you can send them intra-campus mail to EHS.  NOTE: Spent automotive-type lead acid storage batteries are not universal waste. They are a recyclable hazardous waste.

Appliances and Equipment:  Before moving or submitting a Moving Request to have your surplus equipment taken away, it is important for the equipment to be assessed and made safe to transport to the Surplus department.  Some equipment and appliances contain chemical products that are safe for transport.  Examples would be freon or oil in a standard refrigerator or freezer.  These are sealed and secured for shipment by the manufacturer of the appliance or equipment.

If you would like to dispose of unwanted electronic materials, please contact one of the following departments:

  • If the electronic item has a property tag, regardless of if it is working or not, please contact Property Management at 898-5176.
  • If the electronic item is still working, regardless if it has a property tag, please contact Property Management at 898-5176.
  • If the electronic item does not have a property tag and it is not working, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 898-5126.

For additional information regarding e-waste, universal waste, removal of appliances and equipment, please do not hesitate to contact EHS at 898-5126.

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