E-Waste

What is e-waste?

Think about your home. Do you have a drawer that holds an old MP3 player, an old cell phone, or a collection of chargers and cables from other devices you had? Has your basement, garage, closet or attic become a storage space for other old electronics like TVs, computers, monitors and game consoles? If so, it sounds like you have some e-waste!

And you are not alone—e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

3.4Million Tons

of e-waste were generated by the US in 2012

29Percent

of that e-waste that was properly recycled

E-waste is any electrical or electronic technology product that is unneeded, obsolete or broken.

Why is recycling e-waste important?

  • E-waste may contain hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium) that can contaminate our soil and drinking water.
  • Many devices can be refurbished for use. By reusing electronics until they are truly obsolete, the need for scarce raw materials is reduced.
  • Old electronics contain many materials (plastics, metals, glass) that can be reclaimed and reused to make new products.
  • Much of our e-waste continues to be exported to developing countries where environmental laws are lax or non-existent. Workers in these countries are often not protected by strong health and safety regulations so they work in unsafe conditions.
  • Electronic devices store sensitive information that can be used to commit identity theft.

What can you do to reduce the amount of e-waste?

Reduce

Buy only what you really need. Do you really need the latest version or can you add memory or perform maintenance that will make your device perform better?

Reuse

Someone might be able to put to use your old device. You might be able to sell your old electronics on Craigslist or you could donate them to Goodwill's Reconnect program.

Recycle

Never throw electronics in the trash. In fact, it is illegal to do so in Indiana. Choose your campus location below to find local recycling facilities in your area.

Recycling Locations

IU Bloomington

Personal E-waste

Disposal Options:

  1. Eco Cell Collection Bin: Accepts cell phones and other hand held gadgets. The bin is located in the Indiana Memorial Union one floor down from the Starbucks and directly across from the information boards. All proceeds support the IU Office of Sustainability.
  2. IU residence halls, academic or office buildings: These sites accept batteries and printer/toner cartridges only. Locations vary within each building. Ask the center lobby/main desk for your building's location. 
  3. Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale Collection: Accepts all electronics--working or non-working from IU students. Drop off sites are located in residence halls and Greek houses in April and May. For off campus residents, email H2H@indiana.edu for drop off site from May to August.
  4. City of Bloomington Collection Events: See their website for the next collection date.
  5. Monroe County Solid Waste Management District: Accepts any item with a plug or battery--working or non-working. Drop off your electronic items at the Hazardous Waste Building at 3400 S. Walnut Street during business hours. Most items are FREE. See The District for more information.
  6. Goodwill Industries: Offers free drop off of most electronic items. Drop off items at their east or west locations. See Goodwill for detailed information about their program.
  7. Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot: Offer free or low-cost in-store electronics recycling. Check their websites for details.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

Purchase Used Electronics

Purchasing used or refurbished electronics is one way that you can help reduce the number of electronic devices in the waste stream. If you are interested in purchasing a used device, IU Surplus carries a selection of used computers, printers, and other devices.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus Surplus Store to arrange for transfer of all equipment. Surplus will determine whether the equipment is viable for resale, or should be recycled.

IUPUI Indianapolis

Personal E-waste

Disposal

E-waste can be recycled at the one of the Department of Public Work's ToxDrop collection site locations. For more information, visit the ToxDrop webpage or call (317) 327-2234. 

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus Surplus Store to arrange for transfer of all equipment. Surplus will determine whether the equipment is viable for resale, or should be recycled. IUPUI Surplus now has a hard drive shredder onsite. Cost is just $2 per drive or $1 per data tape.

IU East

Personal E-waste

Disposal

Wayne and Union County Solid Waste Management District does not accept electronics. Most e-waste items can be recycled at Richmond Goodwill Store or Best Buy. See their websites for all program details. 

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

Purchase Used Electronics

Purchasing used or refurbished electronics is one way that you can help reduce the number of electronic devices in the waste stream. If you are interested in purchasing a used device, IU Surplus East maintains a list of used computers, printers, and other devices for sale.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.

IU Kokomo

Personal E-waste

Disposal

Howard County Recycling District offers free electronics recycling to residents. See www.countyrecycling.org or call  (765) 456-2274 for more information.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

Purchase Used Electronics

Purchasing used or refurbished electronics is one way that you can help reduce the number of electronic devices in the waste stream. If you are interested in purchasing a used device, the IU Kokomo Bookstore occasionally offers refurbished computers for sale. 

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.

IU South Bend

Personal E-waste

Disposal

The Solid Waste Management District of St. Joseph County offers free electronics drop off at its Mishawaka location. Visit www.stjosephcountyindiana.com or call (574) 235-9971 for more information.

The Center for a Sustainable Future also hosts an annual e-waste collection event. See Electronic Waste Recycling Fest 2016 for more information.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

Purchase Used Electronics

Purchasing used or refurbished electronics is one way that you can help reduce the number of electronic devices in the waste stream. If you are interested in purchasing a used device, University Information Technology Services (UITS) at South Bend sells used computers, both Mac and PC through the IU South Bend Barnes & Noble bookstore at discounted prices.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.

IU South East

Personal E-waste

Disposal

The Floyd County Solid Waste Management District accepts e-waste for a fee. Visit www.floydcounty.in.gov or call (812) 948-4733 for more information about items accepted, drop off times, and fees.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

Purchase Used Electronics

Purchasing used or refurbished electronics is one way that you can help reduce the number of electronic devices in the waste stream. If you are interested in purchasing a used device, the IT Department occasionally sells used computers through the bookstore at discounted prices. Proceeds from the sales go directly into on-campus technology. For more information, visit the IU Southeast Barnes & Noble bookstore in UC 007.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.

IU North

Personal E-waste

Disposal

Lake County Solid Waste Management District has several locations for free electronics recycling drop off. Visit www.lcswmd.com or call (219) 769-3820 for more information.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.

IUPUC

Personal E-waste

Disposal

The Bartholomew County Solid Management District offers free electronics recycling. Visit www.bcswmd.com or call (812) 376-2614 for more details.

Always be sure to securely remove your personal data before recycling your device. Delete is not enough! See IU's Knowledge Base for instructions.

University E-waste

If you do not redistribute equipment within the university, contact your campus IT director to arrange for proper disposal.