E-waste, or “electronic waste,” can be recycled easily at Harvard.
Recycling e-waste ensures that hazardous and toxic materials are disposed of properly.
Clear, blue, e-waste collection tubes can be found in locations across campus. In addition to the blue tubes, departments may request white e-waste buckets for their offices from Harvard Campus Services Recycling and Waste Services, who also manage pick up and disposal.
This program encourages the Harvard community to recycle smaller, handheld e-waste including: Light bulbs, batteries, PDAs and cell phones, chargers and adapters, electrical cords, and CDs.
For large e-waste please consider reusing or re-selling. When no reuse or re-sale is feasible please contact your building manager for proper recycling disposal. Check out these e-waste guidelines from Harvard Campus Services Recycling and Waste Management.
Toner and ink cartridge recycling
Through Harvard’s preferred vendor, WB Mason, recycling ink and toner cartridges is free! All makes and models of cartridges are accepted. To get started, speak with the person in your office responsible for ordering office goods and tell them about this free and easy program. Next, download the poster and attach it to a bin provided by WB Mason or a re-purposed box from your office to start collecting empty cartridges. The next time WB Mason makes a delivery to your office, they’ll pick up the empty toners and send them to Roxbury Technology and other companies for recycling.
Watch this short video to learn about the Roxbury Technology, a local, minority-owned and sustainable business, and find out what happens to your cartridges once you recycle them.
Take it one step further and shop remanufactured cartridges at WB Mason. By taking this simple green action you're directly helping your office save money and resources, while committing to the University-wide standard of sustainability. Learn more about sustainable purchasing at Harvard.