Faculty & Staff eCycling

Select the equipment you want to dispose of:

University-owned computers

Depending on the age and condition of your computer, you will be able to donate, exchange, or recycle it. Before you take advantage of these options, be sure you comply with:

Working computers less than 5 years old:
University Services will pick up University-owned Pentium IV and newer computers and donate them to local nonprofit organizations. NUIT sanitizes the hard drive before reinstalling Windows and sending them on their way. You may also consider listing it on the Surplus Property Exchange, an online bulletin board where departments and schools can post their University-owned equipment for sale or free. Note: Please do not cut any computer or power cords prior to pickup.

Broken, old (more than 5 years old) or outdated (below Pentium PC or Power Mac) computers and electronic equipment:
The following items should not be put in the garbage. This list includes items that are banned from Illinois landfills. University Services will pick up University-owned computer and electronic equipment free of charge:

Desktop computers   Speakers CDs DVD players & recorders
Laptop computers Scanners Televisions Video game consoles
Mice Printers Microwaves Small scale servers
Monitors Fax machines Videocassette recorders Digital converter boxes
Keyboards Magnetic tape    Portable digital music players   Cable & satellite receivers  
Cellular phones

Our recycling program ensures that all data on the hard drive is destroyed and the equipment is recycled in a way that is compliant with EPA standards. Eligible computers will be sanitized by NUIT and donated to local non-profit organizations. Note: Please do not cut any computer or power cords prior to pickup.

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University-owned copiers

Working copiers: List the copier on the Surplus Property Exchange.

Broken or unclaimed copiers:

  • Most newer copiers, especially those that were set up to scan and print, have hard drives that could contain some files. Before listing them on the Surplus Property Exchange or arranging for disposal, we recommend that you have the company that services your copier "wipe" the hard drive.
    • NUIT has developed a set of recommendations regarding security for networked printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines.
  • If your department owns a copier that no longer works or was not claimed on the Surplus Property Exchange, Midwest Copier Exchange will pick up any make or model. Contact Midwest at 800-487-6798.
  • If your copier is leased, contact Tom Luczkowiak at 847-491-8411.

University-owned electronic equipment

University Services will also pick up University-owned microwaves and televisions free of charge.

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University-owned laboratory equipment

Prior to disposing of university-owned laboratory equipment, visit the Office for Research Safety (ORS) website and complete the "Laboratory Equipment Disposal" form (under the Laboratory Equipment heading). OSR will then coordinate with you to request a pick-up from University Services via the link below.

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Personal electronic equipment

Working computers less than 5 years old
Consider donating your computer to:

Visit the EPA's eCycling web site for donation tips and information.

Broken, old or outdated computers
Many computer manufacturers recycle their products, and some give discounts on purchasing your next computer:

Local groups that recycle computer equipment:

Cell Phones
Consider donating your cell phone. Visit www.gowirelessgogreen.org/what-you-can-do/recycling-wireless-devices.aspx.

Cellular carriers recycle or reuse donated phones. See your carrier's website for more information:

Visit the Apple website for information on Apple's iPod recycling program.