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What is E-Waste?

Electronic waste (or e-waste) includes any used, unwanted electrical or electronic devices. Most e-waste can be recycled or reused in some way. However, e-waste currently makes up around 70% of the toxic waste found in dumps. Tufts complies with Massachusetts regulation of e-waste, which bans large electronic appliances from landfills.

For Tufts-owned electronics, Tufts pays to have them disposed in an ethical and environmentally conscious manner. Click on your campus below for campus-specific instructions for electronics recycling. There is also information listed below on how you can properly dispose of personal items not owned by Tufts. Electronics should not go in the trash or in the mixed recycling bins.

Remember to only recycle electronics if they are broken or do not work. If they are still in good working condition, donate or reuse them instead.

Small-corded Electronic Recycling: cell phones, computer mouse, chargers, ear phones*

Find a drop-off bin in the following locations on the Medford/Somerville campus:

  • Mayer Campus Center 1st floor
  • 574 Boston Ave. 4th floor
  • 520 Boston Ave.

If you have a large quantity of e-waste that you cannot carry, you can submit a service request to have it picked up.

*Note: Please see below table for information on how to recycle personal items.

Large Electronics

Tufts-owned electronics

  • For computers, please first contact it@tufts.edu so that they can wipe-out the hard drive before recycling the computer
  • Computers with wiped hard drives and any other Tufts-owned electronics (TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.), please submit a service request to Facilities to have it removed and recycled

Off-campus electronic recycling for personal items

  • You can recycle your electronics through the manufacturer or retailer. See below for detailed information:
Products Shipping Information Drop-off Information
Apple
(apple.com/recycling)
Free with shipping form. Batteries and iPods accepted at Apple stores.
HP
(hp.com/recycling)
Free shipping via FedEx for HP and Compaq products with pre-printed voucher. Fee for other products is $10-$25. Staples stores accept many HP and non-HP consumer products, except TVs.
Dell
(www.dell.com/recycle)
Free shipping or pickup of Dell product. free pickup of non-Dell item with purchase of Dell product. Partnership with Goodwill for Dell Reconnect accepts any brand of electronics except mobile phones.
 Amazon
(amzn.to/JkilQX)
Free shipping for Kindles via UPS with pre-printed voucher. Not available.
 Samsung
(samsung.com/recyclingdirect)
Free mailback shipping for various products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Samsung and non-Samsung products at over 1,000 third-party locations.
 Sony
(sony.com/ecotrade)
Free shipping for Sony products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Sony products at about 850 third-party locations.
 Best Buy
(bestbuy.com/recycling)
Free recycling in stores of most products. Free appliance removal when purchasing a new one. Or, $100 for home pickup of two items. Accepts most consumer electronics, regardless of where they were purchased. Also, recycling kiosks for ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cord, cables, etc.
 Microsoft
(bit.ly/roNymi)
Free shipping of Microsoft hardware, including Xbox. Cellphones, rechargeable phone batteries and computers accepted at Microsoft stores.

(Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Small-corded Electronic Recycling: cell phones, computer mouse, chargers, ear phones*

*Note: Please see below table for information on how to recycle personal items.

Large Electronics

Tufts-owned electronics

  • For computers, please first contact it@tufts.edu so that they can wipe-out the hard drive before recycling the computer
  • Computers with wiped hard drives and any other Tufts-owned electronics (TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.), please submit a service request to Facilities to have it removed and recycled

Off-campus electronic recycling for personal items

  • You can recycle your electronics through the manufacturer or retailer. See below for detailed information:
Products Shipping Information Drop-off Information
Apple
(apple.com/recycling)
Free with shipping form. Batteries and iPods accepted at Apple stores.
HP
(hp.com/recycling)
Free shipping via FedEx for HP and Compaq products with pre-printed voucher. Fee for other products is $10-$25. Staples stores accept many HP and non-HP consumer products, except TVs.
Dell
(www.dell.com/recycle)
Free shipping or pickup of Dell product. free pickup of non-Dell item with purchase of Dell product. Partnership with Goodwill for Dell Reconnect accepts any brand of electronics except mobile phones.
 Amazon
(amzn.to/JkilQX)
Free shipping for Kindles via UPS with pre-printed voucher. Not available.
 Samsung
(samsung.com/recyclingdirect)
Free mailback shipping for various products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Samsung and non-Samsung products at over 1,000 third-party locations.
 Sony
(sony.com/ecotrade)
Free shipping for Sony products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Sony products at about 850 third-party locations.
 Best Buy
(bestbuy.com/recycling)
Free recycling in stores of most products. Free appliance removal when purchasing a new one. Or, $100 for home pickup of two items. Accepts most consumer electronics, regardless of where they were purchased. Also, recycling kiosks for ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cord, cables, etc.
 Microsoft
(bit.ly/roNymi)
Free shipping of Microsoft hardware, including Xbox. Cellphones, rechargeable phone batteries and computers accepted at Microsoft stores.

Small-corded Electronic Recycling: cell phones, computer mouse, chargers, ear phones*

There are small electronic drop-off locations:

  • Small Animal Hospital: second floor in hallway outside room 204A
  • Webster Family Library in Loew: first level in lobby outside of library

If you have a large quantity of e-waste that you cannot carry, you can submit a service request to have it picked up.

*Note: Please see below table for information on how to recycle personal items.

Large Electronics

Tufts-owned electronics

  • For computers, please first contact it@tufts.edu so that they can wipe-out the hard drive before recycling the computer
  • Computers with wiped hard drives and any other Tufts-owned electronics (TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.), please submit a service request to Facilities to have it removed and recycled

Off-campus electronic recycling for personal items

  • You can recycle your electronics through the manufacturer or retailer. See below for detailed information:
Products Shipping Information Drop-off Information
Apple
(apple.com/recycling)
Free with shipping form. Batteries and iPods accepted at Apple stores.
HP
(hp.com/recycling)
Free shipping via FedEx for HP and Compaq products with pre-printed voucher. Fee for other products is $10-$25. Staples stores accept many HP and non-HP consumer products, except TVs.
Dell
(www.dell.com/recycle)
Free shipping or pickup of Dell product. free pickup of non-Dell item with purchase of Dell product. Partnership with Goodwill for Dell Reconnect accepts any brand of electronics except mobile phones.
 Amazon
(amzn.to/JkilQX)
Free shipping for Kindles via UPS with pre-printed voucher. Not available.
 Samsung
(samsung.com/recyclingdirect)
Free mailback shipping for various products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Samsung and non-Samsung products at over 1,000 third-party locations.
 Sony
(sony.com/ecotrade)
Free shipping for Sony products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Sony products at about 850 third-party locations.
 Best Buy
(bestbuy.com/recycling)
Free recycling in stores of most products. Free appliance removal when purchasing a new one. Or, $100 for home pickup of two items. Accepts most consumer electronics, regardless of where they were purchased. Also, recycling kiosks for ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cord, cables, etc.
 Microsoft
(bit.ly/roNymi)
Free shipping of Microsoft hardware, including Xbox. Cellphones, rechargeable phone batteries and computers accepted at Microsoft stores.

Small-corded Electronic Recycling: cell phones, computer mouse, chargers, ear phones*

  • There is a collection bin across from the mail room at 230 The Fenway

If you have a large quantity of e-waste that you cannot carry, you can submit a service request to have it picked up.

*Note: Please see below table for information on how to recycle personal items.

Large Electronics

Tufts-owned electronics

  • For computers, please first contact it@tufts.edu so that they can wipe-out the hard drive before recycling the computer
  • Computers with wiped hard drives and any other Tufts-owned electronics (TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.), please submit a service request to Facilities to have it removed and recycled

Off-campus electronic recycling for personal items

  • You can recycle your electronics through the manufacturer or retailer. See below for detailed information:
Products Shipping Information Drop-off Information
Apple
(apple.com/recycling)
Free with shipping form. Batteries and iPods accepted at Apple stores.
HP
(hp.com/recycling)
Free shipping via FedEx for HP and Compaq products with pre-printed voucher. Fee for other products is $10-$25. Staples stores accept many HP and non-HP consumer products, except TVs.
Dell
(www.dell.com/recycle)
Free shipping or pickup of Dell product. free pickup of non-Dell item with purchase of Dell product. Partnership with Goodwill for Dell Reconnect accepts any brand of electronics except mobile phones.
 Amazon
(amzn.to/JkilQX)
Free shipping for Kindles via UPS with pre-printed voucher. Not available.
 Samsung
(samsung.com/recyclingdirect)
Free mailback shipping for various products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Samsung and non-Samsung products at over 1,000 third-party locations.
 Sony
(sony.com/ecotrade)
Free shipping for Sony products weighing less than 25 pounds. Drop Sony products at about 850 third-party locations.
 Best Buy
(bestbuy.com/recycling)
Free recycling in stores of most products. Free appliance removal when purchasing a new one. Or, $100 for home pickup of two items. Accepts most consumer electronics, regardless of where they were purchased. Also, recycling kiosks for ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cord, cables, etc.
 Microsoft
(bit.ly/roNymi)
Free shipping of Microsoft hardware, including Xbox. Cellphones, rechargeable phone batteries and computers accepted at Microsoft stores.