Electronic Waste Management


Like all colleges and universities, RIT uses a large amount of electronic equipment. This use, in most cases, is more prevalent at RIT given that we are a school of technology. The electronic equipment used is vital in RIT's curriculum to ensure that students have necessary learning tools. This equipment is also vital for faculty and staff so that they can perform their day to day job functions. However, with ever changing technology RIT must ensure that obsolete, broken, or irreparable electronic equipment is properly managed and recycled.

While there is no standard definition for electronic waste, it includes waste monitors, televisions, cathode ray tubes (CRTs), computer processing units (CPUs), keyboards, mobile phones and all other electronic devices. Electronic waste is a concern because most discarded electronics would qualify as federal/State hazardous waste if not recycled or reused. The heavy metals from this electronic equipment could contaminate landfills and surrounding areas.

Applicable Regulation

6NYCRR 371.1(c)(7)

Management Requirements

Electronic waste cannot be disposed of in the regular trash and must be managed in accordance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Rules and Regulations. RIT has chosen to dismantle and recycle electronic waste for scrap metal recovery in an environmentally conscientious manner.

The disposal of electronic waste is being handled by Rochester Computer Recycling and Recovery. They will remove, refurbish, re-use, recycle and dispose of electronic waste. Please log-in and complete the Pick Up Request Form ( https://www.rit.edu/fa/procurement/forms/ewaste ) to schedule a pick-up.

If electronic waste is found in the regular trash stream the Environmental Health and Safety Office will be notified and the Dean/Division Head of that area will be informed.

If you have any questions, please contact the RIT Environmental Health and Safety Department at 475-2040. You can also visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/ for more detailed information.