Electronic Waste

All Emory University owned electronic waste must be returned to Emory for proper handling and processing. Electronic waste may contain Emory proprietary or patient data, and may contain materials that are regulated under environmental, health and safety laws; and therefore, may not be disposed of outside of Emory’s process. In addition, Emory rigorously seeks to reuse or recycle all electronic waste. 

What is Electronic Waste?

Electronic waste is defined by the EPA as “electrical and electronic equipment that is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to function (including all components, subassemblies, and consumables from the original equipment at the time of discarding).” 

Emory distinguishes between two types of electronic waste: 

  • IT-related electronic waste that contain data, such as PCs, laptops and peripherals.
  • Electronic waste that does not contain data, such as microwave ovens, refrigerators and lab/clinic equipment. 

All Emory electronics must follow these protocols for disposal. For the full list of acceptable items and details on procedures for disposing of electronic waste, please visit the LITS website at http://it.emory.edu/electronicwaste/.