Electronic devices require a significant amount of energy to produce and are made of valuable metals that can be salvaged and reused. According to the U.S. EPA, recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 homes in a year!
It’s clear that recycling your electronic devices is an important way to conserve materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On campus, to ensure that unwanted electronic equipment is managed in accordance with EPA requirements, please follow the University’s policy and procedure for the disposition of these items: 10-06-04 Surplus Equipment Recycling and Disposal. This means, do not place any electronic equipment in the trash, even if it is broken.
- Smaller items (batteries, phones, tablets, etc.), can be dropped off at a number of on-campus locations.
- For larger items (including computers, televisions, printers, and telephones), call Pitt Surplus at 412-244-7071 or request a pickup online.
If you’re looking to responsibly recycle electronics from your home, please use the following disposal locations and vendors in Greater Pittsburgh; be sure to check their websites for updated information about accepted items.
- Evolution E-Cycling, 2235 Mary St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
- Staples Electronics Recycling, 6375 Penn Ave. Suite B Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (East Liberty)
- Office Depot, 4000 Oxford Dr. Bethel Park, PA 15102
- eLoop LLC, 2010 Borland Farm Rd. Export, PA 15632
Pennsylvania Resources Council also has hard to recycle collection events a few times a year. Check out their event schedule and accepted items here.