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Electronic Waste and Universal Waste

These are materials that have hazardous components that can contaminate our bodies, our work environmental, the air, the water, and the soil if disposed of improperly. Please do not throw these items in the landfill, recycling, compost, or Re-Use Depot bins. For some materials, it is actually prohibited by California law to do so. Please follow the below guidelines for proper disposal of these materials.

If your department wants to start a small-scale electronic and universal waste collection program, here are some guidelines for how to set it up.

If you have questions, feel free to contact:

Nicole Gaetjens, Sustainability Coordinator, 510.430.3224 or ngaetjens@mills.edu
Information Technology Helpdesk, 510.430.2005 or helpdesk@mills.edu
Pat Ernesto, Campus Facilities, 510.430.2146 or pat@mills.edu

Sage Hall E-Waste Collection Guidelines

If your department does not have an e-waste collection program, here is a way for you to participate.

Sage Hall has two small, yellow e-waste collection boxes. If your item doesn’t fit in the box, please take it directly to Lucie Stern 21 during regular business hours. This collection site is meant for small items.

Sage Hall First Box, IT:

Items accepted: Common small e-waste items such as small inkjet cartridges, computer parts, wires of various types, ipods, power strips, cell phones, vhs tapes, etc.

E-Waste that does not fit in a box, IT:
Items include: Mills-owned computer monitors, hard drives, printers and copiers, large toner or inkjet cartridges, fax machines, servers, stereo equipment, VCRs, television sets.

Items do NOT include: microwaves, refrigerators, fans, blenders, appliances. Microwaves and refrigerators cannot be disposed of on campus. Please look to www.stopwaste.org.

For these larger items, you have two options. You can take these items directly to Lucie Stern 21 during regular business hours or you can schedule a pickup by contacting the Information Technology Helpdesk at 510.430.2005 or helpdesk@mills.edu.

Sage Hall Second Box, Facilities:
Items accepted: CFL bulbs, batteries, fluorescent tubes. These items must be contained in a small plastic bag, as per EPA guidelines.

Thank you for contributing to the responsible handling of toxics, preventing contamination of our natural resources and our neighbors.


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Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator

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Last Updated: 8/18/15