E-Waste Recycling

Surplus Operations is the UCSC Campus Faculty and Staff designated outlet for the disposal of electronic devices, including CRTs, etc.

Examples of Consumer Electronic Devices (CEDs) to be Handled by Surplus Operations

Computers, Monitors, Scanners, Printers, Keyboards, Mice, Battery backups, Cables, Circuit Boards,Microwaves, Lamps, Clocks, Flashlights, Calculators, Phones, Coffee Makers, Typewriters, etc.

For a more complete list of e-waste items, please visit the  Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) E-Wastepage. 


  • Thermostats (mercury switches) See  Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), April Casper 459-3086 or Email  Hazwaste@ucsc.edu with any questions concerning Hazardous Waste Handling and Disposal.
  • Refrigerators and  freezers that are or have been used in laboratory settings must be cleared of contaminants through EH&S before disposal. Contact  Hazwaste@ucsc.edu and for PBSci units, visit the  PBSci Equipment Disposal page for more information. After EH&S approves the removal, Moving Services can be contracted to remove and dispose of these items properly. 
    Please contact  receiving@ucsc.edu (459-4066) for information about charges that will apply.

E-Waste Drop-Off Times

You can drop off your e-waste items at the H Barn without an appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 12:00PM and 3:00PM.

Request a Pick-Up

To request an e-waste pick-up, please email  receiving@ucsc.edu. Please include in your email the following information:

  • Contact Person
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Quantity and description of items to be picked-up
  • Requested pick-up date and time
  • Location of property.
  • FOAPAL to be charged

Receiving Services Recharge Rates

Recharge rates for the pickup of e-waste items are as follows:

Service Rate
One Person and a Truck $75.00 per hour
Two People and a Truck $130.00 per hour
  • Minimum charge - 1/2 hour
  • Minimum landfill charge - 1 hour (Note: Landfill charge is for labor only; refuse charges are levied separately by the Santa Cruz City Landfill and included in your billing.)
  • Larger jobs - Supplemental labor will be provided. Rates will vary, depending upon the source (i.e., Spherion, etc.)

Sorting Guide

Still a bit confused? Check out our guide for sorting UCSC's e-waste in the surplus barn:  Sorting Guide for Electronic Recycling.