How to Handle E-Waste

What is E-Waste?

The term "e-waste" is loosely applied to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life.  Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.
E-Waste is regulated as a “Universal Waste” in California.  A Universal Waste is a subset of hazardous waste, and are regulated because improper management and disposal results in a release of toxic metals to the environment.

Universal Waste Rules - Requirements for Managing E-Waste

  1. E-Waste must ALWAYS be handled in a manner that prevents breakage.
  2. E-Waste must be placed in a sturdy container.
  3. Containers must be structurally sound (no rips, tears).
  4. While containers are not required to be covered, containers DO need to contain the waste fully.  Items should NEVER be overflowing in container. 
  5. Containers must be labeled,

E-Waste Management at SFSU
E-Waste management at SFSU is managed by the Sustainabililty Group. 

Special Instructions for COSE
Two E-Waste Containers are located on the loading dock between Thorton and Hensill Halls.

  1. E-Waste must be placed directly into the container.
  2. NEVER place e-waste items on the loading dock directly.  Remember, Universal Waste require that electronic waste be handled in a manner that prevents breakage!
  3. If you place an item into the e-waste container and you notice the container is more than 1/2-full, contact Michael Fong (HH 539), (415) 338-1091 to let him know the container over 1/2-full.
  4. NEVER place an item into a container that is aready full.  If you need to dispose of e-waste and the container is full, contact Michael Fong for assistance.


Additional Information

DTSC Document:  E-Waste


Contact Marsha Elliott
Environmental Compliance Manager, EHS
Cell:  (925) 922-0391