Computers are composed of many valuable base materials such as precious metals, fiber glass, and plastics which must be recycled separately. Computers which are dumped as waste and are not recycled properly are considered hazardous waste materials which can harm humans and the environment.
Typically, all working computers received by MSU Surplus and Recycling can have their hard drives erased and be refurbished for resale through the Surplus Store. MSU departments wishing to dispose of old working computers should submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF). Prior to submitting a PURF, MSU department members should make sure that none of their items for disposal contain university asset tags. Any items purchased for $5000 or more using university funds will have university asset tags and should be transferred as an asset from the sending department to MSU Surplus and Recycling prior to the PURF being completed. Students, faculty and staff can drop items off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours.
Where to Recycle Computers
Interior Recycling Stations
Public Drop off Center
University Apartments Recycling Stations
Athletic Event Recycling Stations
Exterior Recycling Stations
Where Does It Go?
When designated for reuse, computers are either refurbished or sold for scrap materials through the Surplus Store.
When recycled, computers are sent to a local branch of the electronic waste recycling company, Vintage Tech.