Published: April 20, 2017

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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. 

So if you have aged electronics, cell phones or appliances that cannot be re-used and are wondering how to responsibly recycle these types of items, we have the tips and resources you need! 

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.

The Environmental Center provides several collection locations for cell phones and batteries, as well, to simplify recycling on campus.

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.