Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
OP-20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jack DeBell
Recycling Development Director
Environmental Center
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Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

Does the institution have a program in place to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by students and take measures to ensure that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

For example, CRTs are recycled by a reputable recycler that is in the process of obtaining ISO 14001 / ISO 9001 Registration – the internationally recognized, independent and rigorous audit certification which evaluates a company’s environmental management system and commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance. The secondary recycler also adheres to the standards of the Instituted of Scrap Recycling Industries, (ISRI), and the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

Similar programs exist for other equipment.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for institution-generated materials:

All surplus electronics from the institution are required to be processed by Property Services at the end of their useful lifespan. 100% of surplus electronics are recycled, re-used on campus, or re-used by external purchasers. CPUs and other electronics with little to no re-sale value are de-manufactured on site, to separate commodities such as motherboards, circuit boards, power supply, metals, plastics, etc., for the greatest recycling benefit.


A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program for student-generated materials :

Student surplus electronics (for re-use) are gathered by placing donation bins in the residence halls during student move-out in the spring. The CU Book Store oversees a buy-back program through Apple (this is available to students, staff and faculty) and is currently seeking to establish additional buy-back programs with other vendors. CU promotes the local (Boulder County) “CHaRM” facility that responsibly processes electronics waste. Cell phones, IPods, mp3 players, “CD players, etc., are recycled through The Wireless Alliance. Drop off boxes for these items are available in four locations on campus.


The website URL where information about the e-waste recycling program is available:

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