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Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management


Do any of these questions sound familiar:

  • "I have a room full of computers that no one uses. What can I do about it?"
  • "We have a broken fax machine/refrigerator/washing machine. How can I get rid of it?"
  • "Our department has an extra copy machine that is taking up half of the office. We don't want it anymore. What should we do with it? It still works."

Then you have come to the right place.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management (EHS/RM) in conjunction with Warehouse and Property Services would like to help you get rid of your broken or surplus equipment. The following steps should be taken when you have equipment that you want removed:

  1. Decide what type of equipment it is.
    • Rule of thumb: If it plugs into the wall, takes batteries, or uses some other alternate source of electricity, such as solar panels, and you no longer have a use for it, then it is most likely E-waste.
    • Since only the Campus Property Control Designee may lawfully designate state equipment as waste, these are considered surplus items until the designee has had a chance to evaluate these items.
  2. If your items meet the above definition of surplus electronic equipment, contact your internal department technical support person or property control designee and ask them to do the following:
    • Review each item on an individual basis and evaluate the items that you wish to have removed from your area to ensure your department has no further need of them.
    • Sign into and complete a request for property survey in the "Form Portfolio->Electronic Forms" section then submit it to the property control designee indicated on the form.
  3. If the items are hard wired into the building itself or physically connected to the building you may need to contact plant operations and complete a work request.

  4. For questions about when your items will be picked up contact property and warehouse at 559.278.7977.

E-Waste should never be disposed of in the garbage!

Please help protect the environment from lead and other heavy metals. By placing electronic equipment in the trash, contaminants ultimately end up in our water supply. EHS/RM does not charge individual departments for the disposal of this waste. The improper disposal of electronic wastes can result in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency. Your department will be responsible for these fines! Don't hold on to equipment that is no longer usable.

As always if you have any questions feel free to contact our office.

What is E-Waste?

E-Waste Examples

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Battery Disposal Information