Recycling Cell Phone

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

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19 E-Waste Collection Sites

What is E-waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) is a term used to describe old and discarded materials that used electricity. E-waste is now the fastest growing component of the municipal solid waste stream. This is because people are upgrading their mobile phones, computers, audio equipment and printers more frequently. The EPA estimates that in just a few years, 500 million used cell phones will be discarded. Although cell phones seem small, that equals nearly 250,000 pounds.

Why recycle electronics materials?

Electronic components contain hazardous and toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, lithium, phosphorous coatings, and PVC plastics. When these chemicals leak into soil and water systems, they threaten plants and animals, as well as human health. Electronics are among the leading sources of lead and mercury waste. They also contain materials that can be converted into new products such as plastic, glass, steel, gold, copper, aluminum, cadmium, and silver. By recycling your electronics, you save natural resources, reduce toxic and hazardous substances in the environment, and reduce impacts on people, plants, and wildlife.

University of Idaho Electronic waste Guidelines

The University of Idaho has taken a proactive approach to electronic waste by developing its own processes for proper disposal that ensure public safety, consumer health and fiscal responsibility. Oregon (where the University of Idaho transports its waste) and other states have banned all e-waste from their landfills. E-waste must now be sent to recycling centers or put back into the market for reuse. While the new standards require a modest disposal fee, they allow the university to comply with regulations and manage their own e-waste in a safe and efficient manner. According to the guidelines, “If a unit has a plug, battery, or microchip, it will be considered e-waste.”


Surplus Property accepts any kind of battery, car batteries, NiCad, lithium, auto batteries, any rechargeable batteries, laptop batteries etc. They can be dropped off at Surplus Property Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Battery collection station is located just inside the gate, yellow labeled container. Questions? Jerry Martin, RSSW Supervisor jerrym@uidaho.edu 208-885-2091. To learn more visit: http://www.uidaho.edu/facilities/les/recycling/policies.