Computers & Electronic Equipment


UB began recycling its computers and electronics in 2000.  We ensure our service provider is certified in the two industry-leading recycling standards known as R2 and RIOS, and is classified as a Certified Electronics Recycler. R2/RIOS ensure recyclers uphold a zero landfill policy; allow audits of their data destruction procedures; and ensure environmental health and safety best practices.

If your department has computer or electronic equipment to recycle, we can help!

Follow these steps to recycle electronics at UB

  1. Complete a Disposal of Equipment form and have it signed by the department inventory coordinator and the Chair or department head.
  2. Contact UB Facilities to place a work order to have the item picked up and disposed.
  3. Scan, attach a copy of the signed form to an email to UB Inventory to remove the asset from the inventory.
  4. Label the item as "Electronic Recycling".

Read about how to remove data and clean your computer for recycling.

The above guidelines are intended for UB property. UB cannot recycle personal property through our institutional contract.

UB hosts an annual community recycling event each April for personal property. If you have an immediate need to recycle items from home, please consult your local municipality or county government. 

What electronics can be recycled?

computer devices 

  • desktops
  • laptops


  • CRT
  • Flat Screen


  • CRT
  • flat panel (LCD, plasma, LED)
  • cable boxes (analog, digital and satellite)

audio/video devices

  • CD/DVD/VHS/Blue-Ray players
  • MPS players
  • iPods/iPads
  • projection equipment
  • stereos
  • video game consoles
  • speakers (no wooden speakers)
  • receivers (audio, cable, satellite)
  • recorders
  • converter boxes
  • amplifiers
  • equalizers
  • DJ equipment

power supplies

  • UPSs (uninterruped power suplies)
  • surge protectors

computer accessories

  • keyboards
  • mice
  • webcams
  • microphones
  • speakers
  • pointing devices
  • accessories and cables


  • all cables, wires and power cords used in the function of these devices


  • all parts that are, or once were, part of these devices (i.e. circuit boards, hard drives, RAM, processors, power supplies, optical/floppy drives, etc.)

home appliances

  • most small appliances (no freon)
  • microwaves
  • toasters
  • vacuum cleaners
  • coffee makers
  • irons
  • curling irons
  • hair dryers

storage devices

  • external hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, memory cards, card readers, etc.


  • digital and video

data center equipment

  • servers
  • routers
  • switches
  • hubs
  • arrays
  • network related equipment
  • power distribution units
  • cabling
  • switchgear
  • panelboard    

office equipment

  • printers
  • fax machines
  • scanners
  • copiers and multifunction devices
  • duplicators
  • plotters
  • typewriters
  • video and audio equipment
  • projection equipment
  • security equipment
  • receivers and transmitters

communication devices

  • cell phones
  • PDA's
  • telephones
  • pagers
  • answering machines

lab/test & measurement devices

  • meters
  • oscilloscopes
  • logic analyzers
  • bit error rate testers
  • signal generators
  • spectrum analyzers
  • digital multimeters
  • DC power supplies
  • frequency counters & timers
  • probes & accessories
  • video test


  • ONLY those from laptops or UPSs


  • CDS
  • DVDs
  • floppy discs


  • fitness trackers/smart watches

lab & medical equipment

  • defibrillators
  • IV pumps
  • spectrometers
  • ultrasound equipment
  • anesthesia units