Special Materials

Recycle Options

Cell Phone Recycling

As cell phones are constantly being upgraded, the outdated phones need to be disposed of in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.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

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 http://www.ecocycle.org/a-zguide/cds-cd-cases-dvds-vhs.

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
  • More info at:

Toner Cartridges

Drop off used toner cartridges from on-campus departments at the Environmental Center, UMC 355. 

What we accept: 

Toner Cartridges from Inkjet and Laser Printers and Fax Machines

Ink Jet Cartridge:                               Laser Printer Cartridge: 


What we can't accept: 

Toner Cartridges and Toner Bottles from Copy Machines

Office Supplies Recycling

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! 

Acceptable materials: 

  • Printer cartridges
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Transparencies
  • Interdepartmental mail envelopes
  • 3-ring binders
  • Reusable dividers
  • Reusable folders
These can be sent to 209 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309 (on campus, you can use campus mail, sent to 209 UCB)
OR 
Bring it up to the Environmental Center at UMC 355!

At the end of each semester, look for the Office Supplies Drive to give or grab used notebooks, binders, pens and more! 

Lab Recycling


CU Green Labs recycles the following hard-to-recycle materials in the research labs across campus:

*Poster images link to PDF file

#6 White Block Foam-

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 

      


#5 Pipette Tip Boxes and Conicals-

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



#4 LDPE & #2 HDPE Plastic Bags and Film-

Departments: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; Biochemistry; Biofrontiers; Chemical and Biological Engineering


Metal Lab Container Recycling-

Departments: Jenny Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building


EH&S recycles the following materials-

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:
http://ehs.colorado.edu/resources/battery-collection-sites-on-campus/

Carboys: EH&S stores carboys for reuse in the Cristol Chem Stores.

                          


Contact CU Green Labs

Off Campus Recycling


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:

http://www.ecocycle.org/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.

Learn more at: http://www.bouldercounty.org/env/hazwaste/pages/hazmatfacility.aspx

Check out the map below to see what other locations in Boulder can recycle special materials!


Plastic Bag Recycling

Although they cannot be recycled via traditional recycling methods, several locations throughout Boulder have special programs in place to recycle plastic bags.


Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM)

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.

6400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Boulder, CO 80301
303-444-6634

Ideal Market

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.

1275 Alpine
Boulder, CO
303-443-1354

King Soopers

Many King Soopers stores will take any kind of plastic bag. Bags are sent to a company that remanufactures them into plastic bags. 

Sunrise Center
1650 30th St
Boulder, CO 80301

3600 Table Mesa Dr
Boulder, CO 80305

Whole Foods Market

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.

2584 Baseline Rd. (Basemar Center)
Boulder, CO 80305
303-499-7636

1651 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80302
303-442-0909