Electronic waste (E-waste): what is it and how do we get rid of it?
This term applies to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. There is no clear definition for electronic waste (e-waste) at this time, but if you can plug it in to an electrical outlet or it contains circuit boards or chips, it is most likely e-waste. These products can contain heavy metals like cadmium, lead, copper, and chromium that can contaminate the environment. DO NOT dispose of these items in the trash or your recycling bins.
Examples of electronic waste include, but not limited to:
- Test equipment (oscilloscopes, generators, measurement gear, etc)
- Biotech equipment and instruments (incubators, ovens, centrifuges, analytical instruments and such)
- Manufacturing and Production equipment (lathes, presses, other manufacturing equipment and gear)
- Semiconductor/FAB equipment and related gear
- AV Equipment
- Cell Phones
- Computer Mice
- Digital Cameras
- DVD Players
- Fax Machines
- MP3 Players
- Computer components
- Stereo Equipment
- Power Cables
- Power Supplies
- Pro Printers
- Network equipment
- Telephone Equipment
- Telephone Systems
- Misc Computer Peripherals
- Video Game systems
**Any laboratory equipment that has the possibility of being contaminated with chemical, biological, or radioactive substances must be cleared through EH&S and Departmental Facilities Office before disposal.
Student E-waste Recycling Options
If you live on-campus you can dispose of your electronic waste easily and conveniently by creating a Fix It Ticket or contacting your college maintenance office.
Additional information on disposal / recycling of e-waste and other regulated items can be found in all college mailrooms, Graduate Student Housing Mailroom and the Village Laundry Community room. Multibins are blue cabinets built to collect batteries, small electronics, printer cartridges, and CDs. They are located in every college mailroom.
For more information on multibins contact UHS Facilities/Housing Conservation Services.
Faculty and Staff E-waste Recycling Options
Receiving Services is the UCSC campus-designated outlet for the disposal of e-waste.
Contact Receiving Services (459-2354 or 459-2925) for more information regarding electronic waste handling and removal, or the building facilities person for disposal information in your building or department.
City and County Residents may recycle e-waste at CleanBayArea's recycling center san jose
CleanBayArea provides e-waste recycling servicesin San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Redwood City and SF Bay Area, California:
- IT Asset Management & Asset Recovery Solutions
- Surplus Equipment & Excess Inventory Liquidation
- Electronics Recycling & E-Waste Recycling
- Computer Disposal & Electronic Recycling
- Data center equipment recycling
- Data destruction & sanitization
- R&D, lab & biotech equipment recycling
Your job is just to get your unwanted electronics to your front door and call us 650-307-7553. Using our stringent environmentally ethical guidelines we ensure the best management of your e-waste and surplus electronics.