Electronic Waste

Electronic Waste Collection

The annual event has collected over 1.7 million pounds for recycling.

Wayne State students, faculty, staff and all persons who live, work, or play in the city of Detroit are invited to take advantage of an annual opportunity to get rid of their old and unwanted electronic items, or (e-waste), in a responsible manner for recycling. All items collected are securely and properly handled.

Type of equipment to be accepted for recycling:

• Central processing units (towers or laptops)
• Computer monitors
• Printers
• Keyboards and mice
• Computer speakers
• Switches and servers
• Routers and hubs
• Televisions and stereos (and similar audio devices)
• Xerographic and other copiers
• Facsimile (fax) machines
• Personal data assistants (PDAs)
• Cellular telephones and pagers
• Desk phones and other telecom equipment
• Cameras
• Wire and cables
• Household electronics not containing oil or Freon

Please Note: No refrigeration units or major appliances can be accepted. 


WSU DepartmentsIf you are disposing of tagged equipment during this e-waste event, you must have Property Management’s approval.  Please submit the Declaration of E-Waste form for approval. It can be found at the link below:


Please read the information below or contact Wally Pociask, at (313) 993-7655 for more information on electronic waste.


E-waste collection at Wayne State University is making a difference, one piece of electronic equipment at a time. Recognized by the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, Wayne State has had significant success in electronic waste collection. The University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Procurement and Strategic Sourcing have teamed with an outside vendor to bring electronic waste collection to the campus and surrounding community.  The annual event --coordinated by Wally Pociask, associate director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Hazardous Materials Manager-- has collected over 1 million pounds of electronics since its beginning four years ago.

By collecting electronic waste, the amount of lead, cadmium and mercury in landfills has been reduced.  In its first two years, Wayne State’s e-waste collection has successfully prevented 2.3 pounds of mercury, 8 pounds of cadmium and 55 pounds of lead from ending up in landfills and other end points.

Why WSU Collects E-waste

Electronics have become smaller, cheaper to manufacture and buy, and disposable.  Replacing obsolete models has become easier, but the result has created a problem with the disposal of older models.  Computers are made of materials which can be harmful to the environment, including leaded glass, mercury switches, mercury bulbs and circuitry made of cadmium, chromium and lead.  Established regulations and guidelines provide safe management, recycling and disposal of electronic waste.  As a generator of electronic waste, Wayne State has embraced its responsibility to follow these regulations, by holding its annual e-waste collection, which help prevent harmful materials from damaging the environment.