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
- E-Waste must ALWAYS be handled in a manner that prevents breakage.
- E-Waste must be placed in a sturdy container.
- Containers must be structurally sound (no rips, tears).
- While containers are not required to be covered, containers DO need to contain the waste fully. Items should NEVER be overflowing in container.
Containers must be labeled,
- UNIVERSAL WASTE – ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- UNIVERSAL WASTE - CRTs
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.
- E-Waste must be placed directly into the container.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Contact Marsha Elliott
Environmental Compliance Manager, EHS
Cell: (925) 922-0391