Published: April 13, 2017

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?recycle

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.


Community Resources:

  • 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.