Facilities Management provides custodial services to general fund and to several auxiliary funded facilities.

See a more comprehensive list of our services at Campus Building Services Provided.

Facilities are cleaned on a set schedule. These schedules can be obtained from building proctors or directly from custodial supervisors. Please note that custodians are responsible for hand snow shoveling on campus. This additional duty takes them away from their interior duties. During inclement weather our staff the following duties in the following order: snow shoveling, restroom cleaning, classroom cleaning, public area cleaning. If time allows, then they start on laboratories and finally offices. This may mean that the latter spaces are skipped for a week.

Colorado state law as of July 1, 2013, prohibits the disposal of waste electronic devices (e-waste). The new law affects consumers, waste haulers, transfer stations, and landfill operators. Residents can no longer place computers and many other types of electronics at the curb, or in the waste bins, for collection and disposal. Instead consumers must deliver their electronic equipment to collection facilities or collection events for recycling. Haulers are prohibited from knowingly collecting electronics. Industry, businesses, government agencies, institutions and schools are already subject to restrictions on disposal of electronic wastes.

Electronics that are Banned from Disposal

“Waste electronic devices”, as defined by the new law, include television sets, central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra books, net books, electronic tablets, digital video disc players, video cassette recorders and video display devices with a screen greater than four inches.

Environmental Hazards

Electronic devices contain a number of hazardous elements, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and sliver. Computer batteries also may contain nickel- cadmium, lithium, or sealed lead acid. These constituents are not a concern when the equipment is in use, but they can migrate if disposed in a landfill, potentially contaminating groundwater and soil.

At CU Boulder

  • Electronics are no longer accepted for disposal inside or outside of ANY refuse container on university property.
  • Collection events for electronics may be offered by the university at a later date for residence halls and family housing tenants. Nominal disposal fees may apply. Tenants will be notified when such events occur.
  • Departmental property (not Housing and Dining materials) needs to be properly disposed of through Property Services.

Recycling Options for E-Waste

Certified Electronics Recycling Locations*


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Eco-Cycle's CHaRM



Western Disposal Services



Best Buy



*E-waste Recycler Certification: Certified electronics recyclers have demonstrated through audits and other means that they continually meet specific environmental standards and safely manage used electronics

Disclaimer: The identification of companies, listed above, does not constitute endorsement, approval or recommendaiton of any kind and is provided for informational purposes only.

Other Recycling Options: Many local retailers also offer electronics recycling services. Be sure to ask how they manage end-of-life electronic equipment, where the equipment will be processed, if any components will be sent for disposal as solid waste or shipped overseas, and if they are R2 or e-Stewards certified. This information is important because of concerns about environmentally risky practices or failure to comply with applicable waste disposal regulations.

The CU Boulder Police Department maintains a lost and found for items of value. Visit Lost and Found for more info. 

CU Recycling operates as a partnership between Facilities Management and the University of Colorado Student Union (CUSG). Facilities Management provides and empties recycling containers throughout campus buildings, with collections based on a set schedule.

How to Request Service

To report a missed collection in your building:

Call the Service Center at 303-492-5522. If you are in the residence halls, please call Housing & Dining Services at 303-735-3013.

For general information about CU's recycling program visit CU Recycling.

Facilities Management handles trash collection on campus. Collection schedules for specific buildings can be obtained from building proctors or directly from custodial supervisors.

There are four types of trash collection on campus:

  • Internal building – office only. This is a requested service at cost to department. Office trash removal services are no longer provided per FY 09/10 budget reduction.
  • Internal building – hallways, corridors, main traffic areas, cafés, restrooms, classrooms.
  • External building – trash dumpster.
  • External building – grounds trash receptacles.

Please note that office trash removal services are no longer provided per FY 09/10 budget reduction. In addition, custodians are responsible for hand snow shoveling on campus. This additional duty takes them away from interior duties. During inclement weather, our staff performs the following duties in the following order: Snow shoveling, restroom cleaning, classroom cleaning, public area cleaning, and if time allows, they then start on laboratories and, finally, offices. 

How to Request Service

External Building:

  • Trash dumpster – call 303-492-5321.
  • Grounds receptacles – Complete a Service Request or contact the Service Center at 303-492-5522.

Internal Building: