Are you moving or spring cleaning? Wondering what to responsibly do with aged electronics, cell phones, appliances, textiles, old paint or cleaners that cannot be re-used?
Did you know?
-Electronic waste is the fastest-growing component of waste worldwide. In the US, we throw out about 130,000 computers daily and 100 million cell phones annually.
- The average phone is replaced every 18 months.
- Televisions and computers each contain 3-8 pounds of lead, and other toxic substances that pollute groundwater when put in landfills.
- 100% of CU's surplus electronics are diverted from landfill (approximately 260,000 lbs/year) by staff.
What can you do?
For campus e-waste:-Recycle electronics! Eco-Cycle's A-Z Recycling Guide has information on recycling your residential e-waste (and so much more!) in Boulder.
- Click here for a list of cell phone collection locations
- Click here for a list of battery collection locations
- CU Property Services ensures that all university-owned electronics are disposed of responsibly, following the highest industry standards for sustainability.
- City of Boulder CHaRM: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
- CHaRM works with Electronics Recyclers International who are-Steward Certified to assure electronic scrap is safely processed within developed countries.
- Anyone is welcome to recycle at CHaRM, regardless of where you live!
- Visit CHaRM's guidelines page for specifics on accepted materials and fees.
- Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) Facility
- Do you have paint, cleaners, anti-freeze, flourescent lights, bleach, glues, caulk, medications? These are all hazardous waste.
- Drop off hazardous waste at at 1901 63rd St., west (behind) of the Boulder County Recycling Center. Open Wednesday - Saturday, 8:30 am -4 pm. Free for residents. Visit the HMM Facility's website or call 720.564.2251 for more information.
- The facility is able to take most, but not all, common household products. Here is a useful list of acceptable items.