Where can I recycle electronics?
The Office of Sustainability has set up stations to recycle batteries, cell phones, hand-held electronics and inkjet cartridges. Locations are on the ground floor of the Library (next to the client services desk) and on the first floor of Morrison Hall.
The Story of Stuff: Behind the Lifecycle of Electronics
While we allow students, faculty, and staff to recycle batteries, cell phones and small handheld devices on campus, Bentley does not provide recycling services for large personal electronics. Large electronics can be recycled in a number of ways. When recycling electronics, always remember to completely wipe the memory!
- Best Buy offers free recycling services for electronics, even if you didn't buy them at Best Buy! The closest Best Buy to Bentley's campus is in Watertown, MA. This is a great example of a company taking responsibility for the full life-cycle of their products. We call this: "Extended Producer Responsibility." (Don't live near a Best Buy? Check out 1800Recycling.com. You can enter your zip code to search for local places to recycle electronics and many other household products)
- Drop off working electronics at the Give 'N Go stations at the end of Spring Semester, where they will be taken by other Bentley students or donated to a local charity.
- Most towns provide "Household Hazardous Waste Days" or "Electronics Recycling Days" several times per year where residents can leave electronics at the curb for pick up. Some towns require residents to drop electronics off at the Department of Public Works. Check out your town's website and look under "DPW" or "Solid Waste and Recycling" for more information.
Networked Printers, Copiers, and Fax Machines
Networked printers, copiers, and fax machines are marked with a network tag or ID. Please contact Client Services if you have a networked printer, copier or fax machine that you will no longer be using in your department. Client Services will pick up the item, test it and determine if it can be re-purposed on campus. If the item is not able to be used on campus it is sold, donated or properly recycled by a certified electronics recycler.
Tag & Snag for Bentley-owned, Non-networked Printers, Copiers and Fax Machines
The Office of Sustainability provides recycling services for printers, copiers, fax machines and scanners used in Bentley departments and purchased on a Bentley University purchasing card. Faculty and Staff may set aside large and small electronics (batteries, CDs/DVDs, VHS tapes, CFLs) that are no longer of use to the department for pick up and recycling on Tag & Snag Days.
How to Tag & Snag:
- Check the list of acceptable Tag & Snag electronics.
- Group electronics together (placing smaller items like batteries and cords in boxes) and label them "electronics recycling."
- Fill out a work order online (or call x2208) at least 5 days in advance for the movers to pick up your electronics. To fill out a work order go to the Facilities Management website and click on "service requests" on the right side of the page. You will need to use Internet Explorer to open the work order system. Enter you Bentley ID in the "caller ID" box.
- Include the following information in the work order: "Please pick up electronics recycling at [building and room number] on the [month, date] Tag and Snag day."
Please put items in boxes so it will be easy for Facilities Management to take away with a dolly. Please do not request blue recycling totes to store the materials as these can be quite heavy and difficult to empty once full.
If you are recycling CFLs used in your office please place them in a separate box so that they do not get crushed.