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Computers & Electronics

California Code of Regulations, Title 22, prohibits the landfill disposal of old electronic components such as computer hard drives, monitors, and any equipment that contains mercury, lead, and other potentially dangerous heavy metals that can pollute the environment.

Prior to discarding any computer equipment, all information must first be erased from the hard drive (for operational hard drives) or physically destroyed (for non-operational hard drives). Special programs that destroy the data need to be used.

For cleaning data off of your hard drive please refer to the Media Sanitization Methods recommended by Information Security Management and Compliance.

After the media has been properly sanitized, a Property Survey/Transfer Request Form must be completed and submitted to the Property Management Office for processing.

Where Do They Go?

Computers and electronics from CSULB are sent to a local processor that dismantles the units on-site into separate components for recycling, including circuit boards, metal, wire, and plastic.

Did You Know?

In 2009, more than 500,000 tons of electronic waste was collected for recycling in the United States.

Source: EPA