Help Desk - Personal Computer Recycling Program FAQ

TIME TO RECYCLE! You might not know it, but computer components contain toxic or hazardous elements (i.e. lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, and more) that can leak into the ground if not disposed of properly.

IMPORTANT: DoIT can only accept personal computer components. For university-owned equipment, see SWAP for details on how to properly dispose of the item.

Recycle your computer and electronics for free!

Bring your old computer components to the DoIT Help Desk located in the Computer Science building (1210 W Dayton Street) to have it recycled properly and securely. DoIT will accept computer components from any manufacturer, except products contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with chemicals, biological agents, or other substances not integral to the original new equipment or otherwise associated with normal office or household environments.


DoIT will accept:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
    • NO MONITORS OVER 25" (measured diagonally across the screen and including the bezel/frame)
  • Television screens
    • NO SCREENS OVER 25" (measured diagonally across the screen and including the bezel/frame)
  • CD drives
  • Hard drives
  • Printers
  • Power adapters
  • CDs / DVDs

DoIT can not accept:

  • Hazardous waste or contaminated items
  • Batteries that are not an integral part of the system being recycled
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems
  • Damaged batteries of any kind (this includes laptops and other items with expanding batteries)
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) that have been removed from their cases, or CRTs that are cracked or broken
  • Telephones (including cell phones)
    • Cell phone recycling is available at Union South and in the 333 East Campus Mall lobby
  • Toner Cartridges (ink cartridges can be recycled in the bin by the reception desk)
  • TV screens or monitors over 25"

Frequently Asked Questions

DoIT is partnering with Universal Recycling Technologies (URT) of Janesville, to provide an environmentally-friendly, on-campus alternative to putting those old computer parts in the trash.

E-Cycle Wisconsin

The law establishes requirements for manufacturers, recyclers and collectors to ensure that recycling occurs in an environmentally sound manner. There are also requirements for electronics retailers, including the DoIT Tech Store. For more information about e-Cycle Wisconsin, see

Additional Personal Recycling And Environmental Information