Computer & Electronic Recycling
Northwestern University offers a computer and electronic recycling ("eCycling") program for:
Electronic equipment contains materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed. Computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of lead and require special handling at the end of their lives. Electronics can also contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants.
Electronics comprise approximately 1-4 percent of the municipal solid waste stream. The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years, so the number of computers that need to be disposed of will continue to grow.
- The EPA web site offers more information on the environmental impact of electronics.
- NU Recycling provides additional information about the University's recycling program.
- Laser and Ink Cartridge Recycling information is found on the NU Recycling webpage.
- Contact Us for more information about the eCycling program.