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Electronic Waste Recycling


All monitors, televisions, cathode ray tubes (CRTs), Computer Processing Units (CPUs), and keyboards are considered hazardous waste material due to the content of lead, silver, cadmium and other heavy metals used in their manufacture. They 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 (6 NYCRR 371.1). 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, recycle and dispose of electronic waste. Please log-in and complete the Pick up Request Form to schedule a pick-up.
  • Other electronic equipment may need to be disposed of as hazardous material or recycled if you know or suspect it contains heavy metal or other hazardous materials. If there is any question, the best way to evaluate the product is to call the manufacturer of the piece of equipment and ask if there are any concerns with hazardous materials such as heavy metals (i.e.- mercury, lead, silver).
  • Usable electronic computer equipment that is in working order, with the processor working and/or monitor working can be handled as surplus equipment. If this option is chosen, care should be taken to assure that sensitive information is removed permanently from the computer hardware.
  • If electronic waste is found in the regular trash stream the Environmental Health and Safety Office of Campus Safety 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 Specialist - Campus Safety, or you can visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site at for more detailed information.

Equipment Acquired with Federal Funds

Special regulations may apply to disposal of equipment acquired with Federal funds (e.g. grants and contracts). Contact Sponsored Programs Financial Management Services for specific sponsor regulations that may apply to your grant or contract.

Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

At this time, due to changing market conditions, there are no recycling fees.