Electronics, computers, and other electric devices contain toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and silver.  In addition, older equipment often contains toxic fireproofing chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) which are extremely toxic.  Devices that potentiality contain these chemicals must not be thrown in the trash; they must be properly disposed of to prevent the toxins from escaping into the environment.

Drake University conducts a collection of e-waste year round to provide a convenient, campuse-wide service.  Drake will accept computer towers, computer monitors, computer mice and keyboards, and computer accessories and parts. All computer equipment that is in working order must be kept separate from nonworking equipment for turn-ins. 

The Environmental Protection Agency urges consumers to returned used electronics to retailers and manufacturers that will recycle the products. The movement towards eCycling has dramatically increased over the years with the average household now hosting 24 electronic products. eCycling is cost effective and cuts down on the release of chemicals into the environment.

For further information regarding eCycling, visit: EPA wepage

For questions concerning disposal of e-waste contact: EHS office