Hazardous Waste

Consumer Electronic Waste

The Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) program works with Property Disposition to ensure that consumer electronics that are not designated for resale are properly recycled.

Proper management of consumer electronics is essential to protect human health and the environment.

Many electronic devices contain hazardous materials that can have a negative impact on the environment if not managed properly. Electronics can contain lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, nickel, zinc, silver, gold, lithium, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. Keeping e-waste out of our landfills prevents the leaching or emitting of toxic materials.

Principle functions of HMM include:

  • Provide guidance and training to generators to ensure consumer electronics are being managed in a manner that is compliant with State and Federal regulations.
  • Transport consumer electronics from collection areas in compliance with Department of Transportation regulations.
  • Arrange for the shipment of consumer electronics to a licensed recycling facility.
  • Maintain records of all shipments of consumer electronics.
  • Maintain permits and licenses necessary for consumer electronic management and transportation.
  • Serve as liaison for regulatory agency staff during compliance inspections.
  • Provide generators with a selection of waste containers and labels.
  • Perform compliance audits of waste vendors to ensure adherence with University contract terms and conformance with State and Federal waste regulations.