Electronic Waste Recycling

Locations and Services: 

Small electronic waste (E-Waste) can be dropped off at Residential Service Desks. UMass IT runs the campus Cellular e-Cycle program for recycling cellular phones.

For larger items, such as non-working mini fridges or computer monitors, please check the Office of Waste Management's Recycling of Other Materials list.  


Why recycle E-Waste?

Electronics contain toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, nickel and lithium. These toxins can leach out of landfills and into the environment, so it's important to recycle them properly. 

What types of E-Waste can I drop off?

  • Non-Alkaline Batteries (separated by type)
  • Alkaline Batteries (taped ends)
  • Wires
  • Small Electronics (such as a cellphone or portable radio)
  • Printer Cartridges 
  • Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL)

Why do I need to separate and organize the batteries I donate?

We used to only accept non-alkaline batteries (containing Mercury, Cadmium, Nickel-Metal Hydride and/or Lithium) at E-Waste collection locations. We are now working with Terracycle to recyle alkaline batteries, but the ends must be taped before we ship them. Our non-alkaline batteries will be recycled up at the WTRF. Please separate your alkaline batteries from the non-alkaline batteries before recycling them, and please remember to tape the ends of your alkaline batteries! 

Alkaline batteries include brands like energizer, rayonovac, duracel, amazon and more. Non Alkaline batteries include small circular watch batteries, thin rectangle batteries in the back of cellphones, cadmium batteries, and the large batteries found in the back of laptops.

Why aren't all light bulbs accepted?

We only accept Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL) because they contain mercury. Incandescent and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs do not contain mercury, and NOT accepted at any E-Waste collection locations. We recommend switching out your CFL bulbs for LED bulbs, because LED's are the most energy efficient and do not contain mercury. 

A compact fluorescent with a green check mark, an LED bulb with a red X and incandescent bulb with a red X over them.

E-Waste types accepted at UMass include Compact Flourescent Bulbs, Printer Cartridges, Batteries, Wires, and Small Electronics