Equipment Disposal and Relocation
Electronic equipment disposal
Electronic waste (e-waste) is discarded electronic devices such as computers, fax machines, televisions, lab equipment, or other such devices that contain circuitry. This type of material contains lead and other substances that, if not handled properly, could be released into the environment and cause harm.
If you wish to dispose of any electronic waste please complete the online e-Waste disposal request form.
Faxed forms will no longer be accepted. The electronic form must be filled out and submitted. If you have questions about e-waste please visit the Sustainability Alliance Webpage.
For tracking purposes, write the building and room where the devices came from on the outside of the devices in permanent marker.
If the equipment being disposed of originated in a laboratory a safety clearance must first be obtained from the EHS office. Please see the "Laboratory Equipment disposal and relocation" section below.
Laboratory equipment disposal and relocation
Laboratory equipment must be cleared by the Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety before it is disposed of or relocated. In order to schedule a clearance you must complete the Safety Clearance Protocol and Request Form and return the completed document to the EHS office.
All equipment must be properly decontaminated before Safety will provide a clearance. If you use carcinogenic, bio-hazardous, radiological or other hazardous materials, these hazards must be eliminated prior to any action with the equipment. Eliminating the hazard typically consists of wiping the equipment down with a cleaning solution or chemical:
- Chemical: appropriate for the chemical
- Bio-hazard: 10% bleach or 1N sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
- Radiological: Follow radiation safety decontamination procedures. A survey by the Radiation Safety Office will be arranged by the safety specialist providing the clearance.
Please note that no laboratory equipment will be disposed of or relocated without a safety clearance from the EHS office.