Electronic waste (or “e-waste”) has historically had a very low rate of recycling, at only 12.5%. While it comprises only a small percent of all waste, it represents the vast majority of toxic waste in landfills, and is the fastest growing source of landfill waste. However, when recycled, many valuable materials can be recovered from electronics.
“Anything with a cord” can be recycled at this event, including computers and accessories, lawn and garden equipment, power tools, and kitchen appliances. Small quantities of CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes will be accepted at no charge. There is a limit of 2 boxes of confidential paper for shredding per person; no junk mail or general papers please.
All are welcome to bring accepted items to either of two collection drives; confidential papers and hard drives will be securely and safely recycled by certified vendors.
- Danforth Campus: October 26, 8:00am – 11:00am, Throop Drive
- WashU School of Medicine: October 19, 7:30am – 11:00am, Food Truck Drive located off of Scott Ave and Taylor Ave. Outdated scrubs will also be collected at the WUSM drive. Please see the Scrubs Recycling Drive event page for more details.
The following items cannot be accepted:
- University-owned items
- Light bulbs
Most items will be accepted at no cost. Items that require a disposal fee due to hazardous components are listed below:
- Any size tube (CRT) TV or big screen TV – $25
- Any flat screen TV or monitor – $10
- Any size tube (CRT) computer monitor – $10
Cash, check, or credit cards will be collected onsite for items that require disposal fees.
Proper recycling of computer hard drives and confidential papers plays an important role in securing sensitive and confidential information. To learn more about Cyber Security Awareness Month and related events, visit the WashU Information Security Office website.