Computer & Electronic Recycling
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.
- Northwestern Laser & Ink Jet Cartridge Recycling information is found on the NU Recycling web page.
- Contact Us for more information about the eCycling program.
The new Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (pdf) went into effect on January 1, 2012, which expanded the items that are now banned from Illinois landfills under penalty of law. View a complete list of banned items on the Faculty/Staff or Student recycling pages.
To schedule a pickup of NU-owned items, visit the Faculty/Staff, Student or Commercial Tenant recycling pages. For disposal of personal items, contact your local recycling/solid waste management company, such as SWANCC in Cook County and SWALCO in Lake County.