Recycle Options

As cell phones are constantly being upgraded, the outdated phones need to be disposed of in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.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

Did you know electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is the fastest-growing component of waste worldwide? In the United States alone, we throw out approximately 130,000 computers daily and 100 million cell phones annually. Please recycle aged electronics, cell phones or appliances that cannot be re-used.

Recycling E-Waste On Campus

When recycling electronics, it is always good practice to ensure the equipment is being recycled responsibly. Property Services ensures all university-owned electronics are disposed of responsibly, following the highest industry standards for sustainability. In fact, 100 percent of the university's surplus electronics are diverted from landfill by staff.

Recycling E-Waste Off Campus

Eco-Cycle's A-Z Recycling Guide for electronic waste contains useful information for your off-campus recycling needs. The Eco-Cycle facility CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) in Boulder works with Electronics Recyclers International, who are certified to assure electronic scrap is safely processed. Visit CHaRM's guidelines page for specifics on accepted materials and fees.

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.

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

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.

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:

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: 

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What we can't accept: 

Toner Cartridges and Toner Bottles from Copy Machines.   Other replaceable parts from copiers or printers.  Check with your copier manufacturer, some have take back programs if you ask.


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! 

colorful office foldersAcceptable 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)


Bring it up to the Environmental Center at UMC 355!

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

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

*Poster images link to PDF file

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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 

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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; Chemistry

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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:

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