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Tech Take Back

What is Tech Takeback?

It is an e-waste recycling event hosted by Information Technology Services to recycle old/unwanted personally owed electronics around UVA Grounds.

NO TELEVISIONS, please. We encourage you to recycle televisions at local retailers like Best Buy and Crutchfield.

Why Recycle Old Technology?

  • E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
  • Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  • Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  • A large number of what is labeled as "e-waste" is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.

When does the event take place?

April 20, 2018


April 21, 2018



Park at North Grounds

1015 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

What items will be accepted? (Reminder, no televisions, please)

  • Personally owned computers
  • Hard Drives
  • LCD Monitors
  • Printers
  • Mobile Devices (cell phones, tablets and etc)
  • Keyboards
  • Computer Mice
  • Speakers
  • Gaming Systems
  • Chargers
  • VCR/DVD Players
  • CD & DVD Disks
  • Batteries (car batteries will not be accepted)
  • Printer Toners

We will not be able to accept any televisions (of any kind) or monitors (CRT, glass). We will also not be able to accept any refrigerators.

Any electronic devices that are property of the University of Virginia must be recycled and processed through surplus.

Can't make these dates? See if a friend can drop your items off. ITS cannot accept any items early and without the e-waste recycle vendor onsite. If no one can drop your items off for you, local retailers such as Best Buy and Crutchfield recycle e-waste. In fact, we encourage you to recycle any personally owned devices that we do not accept at these local retailers.

All items are recycled — nothing is set aside for re-use.

eCycleSecure is our vendor and they are approved by the University. Once personally owned machines/devices/items are collected by eCycleSecure, the items are secured in a locked facility with a protectant seal until they arrive at the recycling center. Once the machines arrive at the facility, the data is then put through a comprehensive data destruction process that complies with the Special Publication 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). You can read about the destruction process on the eCycleSecure website.

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