As cell phones are constantly being upgraded, the outdated phones need to be disposed of in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.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
- iPods, MP3 Players, Portable CD Players
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 http://www.ecocycle.org/a-zguide/cds-cd-cases-dvds-vhs.
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.
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.
CFLs generated at home need to be recycled at one of the following locations:
Toner Cartridges from Inkjet and Laser Printers and Fax Machines
Ink Jet Cartridge: Laser Printer Cartridge:
Toner Cartridges and Toner Bottles from Copy Machines
Many office supplies cannot be put into typical recycling bins. Luckily, CU recycling is here to help you put your old supplies to good use!
At the end of each semester, look for the Office Supplies Drive to give or grab used notebooks, binders, pens and more!
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Departments: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Integrative Physiology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Engineering; The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research; Institute for Behavioral Genetics; Psychology; Biochemistry; Biofrontiers; Chemical and Biological Engineering
Departments: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Integrative Physiology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Engineering; The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research; Institute for Behavioral Genetics; Psychology; Biochemistry; Biofrontiers; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry
Departments: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; Biochemistry; Biofrontiers; Chemical and Biological Engineering
Departments: Jenny Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building
Plexiglass shields: the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) radiation team collects plexiglass shields for labs to reuse for radioactive work.
Batteries: EH&S has collections for batteries in various locations on campus. For information on locations and protocol, please visit:
Carboys: EH&S stores carboys for reuse in the Cristol Chem Stores.
Have you ever wondered what to do with an old tv, set of speakers, or excess styrofoam packaging? Thanks to Eco-Cycle's CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) you can keep these and many other hard to recycle items out of the landfill and give them a second life!
Check out Eco-Cycle's website for what and how items can be recycled at CHaRM:
Boulder County's Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) takes hazardous waste from leftover paints and cleaners to auto fluids and fertilizer. The take it or leave it policy allows you to stop by and drop off any household hazardous materials you might have and take any leftover products (paints, cleaners, etc.) you might need.
Check out the map below to see what other locations in Boulder can recycle special materials!
Although they cannot be recycled via traditional recycling methods, several locations throughout Boulder have special programs in place to recycle plastic bags.
Eco Cycle's CHaRM facility will accept plastic bags marked with a #2 or #4 only (which primarily includes grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, and newspaper bags). They MUST be clean, dry and empty. Vehicles that come to CHaRM are charged $3.00 per visit in addition to any per item fees. Go to the CHaRM website for details.
Ideal Market will accept # 2 and #4 plastic bags for recycling. Bags must be clean, dry and empty with any paper labels removed. Bags are recycled at Eco-Cycle.
Many King Soopers stores will take any kind of plastic bag. Bags are sent to a company that remanufactures them into plastic bags.
Whole Foods Market stores will accept # 2 and #4 plastic bags for recycling. Bags must be clean, dry and empty with any paper labels removed. Bags are recycled at Eco-Cycle.
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