Special Materials

Recycle Options

Cell Phone Recycling

As cell phones are constantly being upgraded, the out-dated phones need to be disposed of in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.  CU Recycling has formed a partnership with The Wireless Alliance to reuse and recycle old cell phones.

To recycle your old cell phone on the CU campus, the main options are:

- Drop Off Location: University Memorial Center (UMC): drop off box across from Baby Doe's

- Drop Off Location: Darly Commons in Williams Village: drop off box by the main office

- Drop Off Location: Norlin Library: drop off box in main lobby of east entrance

- Send your cell phone to: 209 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309 (If you are on campus, you can use campus mail, sent to 209 UCB)

Types of Materials Accepted

- Any Cell Phone, working or broken

- Cell Phone Chargers

- Cell Phone Batteries

- I Pods, MP3 Players, Portable CD Players

Disk Recycling

Computer disks, DVDs, jewel cases, floppy disks, VHS tapes and other magnetic tapes generated by campus departments can be recycled through CU Recycling.  Send them in small amounts (that fit in inner-campus envelopes or small boxes) through campus mail to CU Recycling, 209 UCB.  Larger quantities can be dropped of at CU Recycling's office in University Memorial Center room 355 or at the campus recycling facility.

CDs and DVDs cannot be accepted from personal use.   We ship disks to Greendisk for recycling, and do not have funds to mail non-campus disks for recycling.   For a list of places to recycle disks in the Boulder area, see Ecocycle.org.

Battery Recycling

CU-Boulder's Environmental Health & Safety department accepts sealed and non-leaking recharchageable batteries and batteries from pagers, cell phones, laptops, etc. from University operations.  Alkaline batteries from campus departments can now also be recycled through their program. 

Any/ all small sealed battery types are acepted in EHS campus battery collection containers, including:   alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries, lithium cells, nickel-cadmium, sealed lead acid, button-cell, cell-phone batteries, laptop batteries, etc.  A list of battery collection sites on campus can be found at the Environmental Health and Safety department website.

For additional information about battery recycling, please call EHS at 303-492-7845.

Pallet Recycling

Used wooden pallets are collected from the main campus loading docks. Please place your pallets out of the way. Do not put pallets in the trash.

Call 303-492-5321 for a special pickup.

CFL Recycling

On Campus CFL Recycling

The recycling of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) on the CU Boulder campus is a joint effort by Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety

  • Facilities Management collects all of the fluorescent bulbs/CFLs they routinely replace, and also manages the main recycling effort on campus for fluorescent tubes. 
  • Environmental Health & Safety collects the bulbs generated in campus laboratories, and will also collect CFLs from campus offices who replace their own bulbs.  
  • Campus departments can arrange a pick-up of CFLs by contacting EH&S at 303-492-7845.  
  • Please store the bulbs in their original packaging or other sturdy packaging to prevent breakage.  
  • Also please note that ONLY CFLs generated as a result of University business can be collected.  
  • More information about Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs and other hazardous waste generated on campus can be found in the EH&S Hazardous Waste Generators' Guide (page 11).

Off Campus CFL Recycling

CFLs generated at home need to be recycled at one of the following locations:

  • Your local county Household Hazardous Waste collection site
  • Boulder County Hazerdous Materials Managemenet Facility, 1901 63rd St, 720-564-2220
    • Free for Boulder County Residents.  Bring ID or a utility bill to prove current address
  • Retail stores that now that manage collection sites:
    • McGuckins Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, 303-443-1822
      • Bin in the electrical department, open during regular business hours, no charge
    • Home Depot, 1600 29th St, Boulder, CO, 303-449-4221
      • Bring to Special Service desk during regural business hours, no charge
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