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Earth Day tip: How to recycle your old electronics on campus

It’s no secret that our drive to have the latest gadgets has created a growing supply of older electronics. Being responsible citizens, The Division of Information Technology tries to alleviate the problem with our electronics recycling program. The program collects an average of 16,500 pounds of material per year.

If you have older electronics, here’s how you can dispose of them:

  • DoIT can only accept personal computer components. For university-owned equipment, see SWAP for details on how to properly dispose of the item. DoIT will accept computers, monitors, CD drives, hard drives, printers, and computer components from any manufacturer.
  • Simply bring your old computer components to the DoIT Help Desk located in the Computer Science building (1210 W Dayton Street) to have it recycled properly and securely.
  • Back-up necessary files, delete sensitive information and then bring it in. We use a local recycling company that meets federal standards when it comes to privacy and deleting sensitive information.
  • The batteries that often power our electronics have different methods of disposal. Find out more on-campus battery recycling.

Remember, recycling can make a difference. According to the latest information from the EPA:

  • Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.
  • For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.