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Recycling eWaste
Recycling eWaste

What is eWaste and why should it be recycled? 

eWaste is the popular term for discarded electronic products such as computers, VCRs, cameras, cell phones, keyboards, handheld devices, and the associated peripheral devices that are frequently discarded or replaced due to upgrades or changing technology standards.  

Why is it important to recycle eWaste?

It's important because eWaste is this country's fastest growing waste stream — increasing at about 3-5 percent each year, according to the United Nations.  In addition to saving landfill space and preventing toxic chemicals, carcinogens and heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, chlorinated solvents, dioxins, and brominated flame retardants) from leaching into the air, water, and soil, recycling presents the opportunity to reuse these components to make new products.  This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, saves energy, and saves resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. 

Recycling eWaste is easy to do at Tulane and has numerous benefits.  It saves the university costly disposal fees and provides technology for the wider community. 

Discarded items are assessed by Property Management for potential salvage and redistribution internally. Remaining items are then sent to a non-profit organization in Baton Rouge where they are serviced and made available to low-income families, thereby helping to bridge the digital divide.  If you have sensitive  financial, patient-records, or student-records data on your  computer, please contact the Tulane Help Desk at 862-8888  to schedule someone to remove the information from the computer  before it is recycled.

Tulane-owned eWaste

Local eWaste
Recycling Programs

Nationwide eWaste
Recyling Information

  • Computers, printers, fax machines, VCRs: Learn more about your campus's pick-up procedures on the web site.
  • UPS power devices: If purchasing a new one, check with the retailer regarding trade in options.
  • Software media: Download software rather than ordering hard copies to reduce both transporting costs and packaging waste.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality web site lists several options for recycling eWaste.



Some computer manufacturers have been compelled to offer programs to back their old equipment:

The EPA maintains a list of Manufacturer and Retailer Programs.

Watch a video about the EPA's Plug-In to eCycling computer recycling program.

Responsible Recycling Practices published by the EPA

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