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E-waste Recycling

What is the electronics recycling program?

The Loyola Electronics Recycling Program is a mechanism for disposing of equipment such as monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, fax machines, and other electronic equipment such as TVs and even microwaves.

What do I do when I no longer want my electronics?

Electronics recycling includes the recycling of all surplus electronic items such as desktops, laptops, services, printers, scanners, projectors, all computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, speakers, cameras, and cords), Audio-Visual Equipment, phones, and electronic storage media (tapes, CDs, hard drives, and flash drives). All items are accepted regardless of functionality, age, or condition.

  1. If the equipment has stored data such as a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, etc., the hard drive will be wiped and cleaned of all personal and confidential information prior to being recycled. Information Technology will scrub all hard drives upon being received by the Purchasing Department
  2. If the electronics were purchased with grant funds, the department must contact the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs (x3084) to determine whether the electronics are owned by Loyola. OGSP can give written/email permission to Purchasing to surplus the electronics. If the electronics are owned by Loyola, then proceed to step 3.
  3. A Request for Disposal of Surplus Computers, Equipment, and Accessories should be submitted to Purchasing for review.
  4. Purchasing staff will review your submission and approve the transfer. After contacting you with the OK, you may deliver your electronics to the Purchasing Department. If you need assistance with delivery, you may complete a Job Request Form with Physical Plant who will schedule a pickup.

Why can't I throw my computers and monitors in the dumpster?

Some electronic equipment contains levels of heavy metals that could leach out and contaminate water supplies if placed in an ordinary landfill. Environmental laws forbid this equipment from being disposed of as ordinary trash.

But I've been told if my computer doesn't work, no one will take it. Is that true?

No. All computer equipment will be accepted, regardless of its condition or brand. All parts of the electronics system will be accepted (laptops, printers, keyboards, CPU towers, cords, and monitors).

How much does it cost to use this program?

Nothing. This service is provided FREE OF CHARGE.

What happens to the equipment?

If the equipment is in good working condition, it will be redistributed within the campus community.

If the equipment is not usable, Loyola University is proud to partner with a Louisiana recycling service provider to refurbish and redistribute where possible the University's electronic waste.

CACRC (Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council) refurbishes some of the equipment that we receive comes into our various programs and recycles the rest using qualified vendors in the country under our R2 RIOS certification. CACRC is one of the first non-profits in the country to become R2 RIOS certified, and was incorporated as a non-profit in 1997. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, CACRC also picks up electronic materials throughout the Gulf Coast Region and hosts community e-recycling events. CACRC reuses and recycles over 1,500 tons of electronic discards annually from government agencies, businesses, and individuals.

Their recycling program brings computers and other items to low-income families, seniors, and other disadvantaged groups within our community. Please visit their website for more information:

Used Toner Recycling

What is the used toner program?

The Purchasing Department has partnered with Staples Advantage to recycle used toner cartridges.

What do I do when I have an empty toner cartridge?

Deliver the empty toner cartridge to Central Receiving (Monroe Hall, Room 109) and staff will take it from there!

How much does it cost to use this program?

Nothing. This service is provided FREE OF CHARGE.

What happens to the toners?

Central Receiving staff package the used toners into boxes, and Staples Advantage picks them up. From there, the cartridges are either refilled or disassembled and components are reused for remanufactured toners.

Do you have any other information about the toner recycling program?

More information regarding the Staples Advantage toner recycling program can be found (.pdf) here.