U-M Planet Blue
Sustainable Computing

Recycling e-Waste

Electronic waste—or e-waste—is what your once shiny, cool gadget becomes when it turns old and uncool. Obvious items include computers, televisions, cell phones, tablets and game consoles. Less obvious ones include keyboards, mice, memory chips and cables.

Why Should We Recycle e-Waste?

Protect the Environment

Conserve Natural Resources

Recycling Responsibly Is the Right Thing to Do

U-M Best Practice

  • All UM-owned equipment must be disposed of through Property Disposition. If Property Disposition cannot resell an item, Property Disposition will recycle it through U-M Occupational Safety & Environmental Health in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Visit the EPA website for more tips on recycling your e-Waste.

Upgrading or getting a new device? Consider these options to reduce your impact on the environment.


First, consider if you really need the newest version. Find out if you can upgrade your current device by adding more memory, reformatting it or simply eliminating unused applications to make it snappy again. When it is time to buy a new product, remember to buy smart. Consider if a product is EPEAT registered and Energy Star certified before purchase.


It is possible that someone else will want the electronics that you are replacing.

There may also be alternative uses for your old electronics.


Finally, don't throw the electronics into the trash. For personal devices, use the following resources to recycle the electronics that you no longer need.

U-M Best Practice

  • If your university-owned equipment can no longer be used, send it to U-M Property Disposition to be disposed of properly. (Make sure to check with your IT or facilities department first.)

Don't forget to close the recycling loop by using recycled material.

Responsibly Recycle Obsolete Equipment

To learn about regulated recycling—including light bulbs, batteries, mercury, etc.—download Pollution Prevention: Regulated Recycling Programs.

U-M Best Practice