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Electronic Waste

Most electronic devices (that is anything with a plug, a circuit board, or uses batteries) are regulated and generally should not be disposed of in a landfill. These devices should be recycled. When no longer wanted, these items are considered electronic waste or "e-waste".

Examples of electronic waste are computers and their accessories, CD/DVDs, cables, telephones, televisions, cell phones, pagers, and electronic toys. These items often contain metals such as lead (computers, TVs, batteries), copper (circuit boards), iron (steel chassis and fixings), and zinc (plating of steel parts).
If the electronic device is a LSCS-owned or managed computer, telephone, cell phone, CD/DVD, projector, or television equipment, then contact LSCS Office of Technology Services Customer Service Desk at 832-813-6600 or 1-866-614-5014 (toll-free) for disposal guidance.
All other electronic waste should be disposed as recommended by the Facilities Department.

Broken Computer Monitor or TV
If a glass monitor breaks, then sweep up the glass and place it in a suitable container such as a bag or a box. Do NOT dispose of the glass in the trash. Label the container with a hazardous waste tag. Include the words "Broken Glass Contaminated with Lead" on the label. Contact the Facilities Department for disposal.

Batteries

  • Alkaline batteries (in pagers, toys, flashlights, etc.):
    • Is non-hazardous and can be disposed of in the trash.
  • Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad) batteries:
    • Accepted at local electronics stores (Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Batteries - Plus).
    • Log on to http://www.rbrc.org/index.html to find a rechargeable battery collection center near you.
  • Car batteries and other lead-acid batteries:
    • Accepted at many metal scrap yards.
  • Electronic devices with batteries (laptops, cell phones, UPS, etc.):
    • If you plan to dispose of an electronic device, leave the batteries in it.
    • Batteries should only be removed if the item is going to be used again for its intended purpose.
  • If a battery is leaking, use a clear plastic bag or other suitable container to minimize contamination before disposal.
  • Contact the Facilities Department for other disposal options.
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