Computers

Before computers with a Tufts ID tag number can be picked up by Facilities for recycling, a “change of status” needs to be reported to the Tufts Finance Division. Please report this change of status by emailing the tag numbers to edward.fanikos@tufts.edu. The email subject line should read “Change of Status”. Most computers at Tufts no longer have tags on them. In this case, you do not need to report a change of status.
Most Tufts computers are recycled for free; however, charges may be applied to large scale clean-outs. To schedule a recycling pick up, please fill in a “no fee” service request on the Facilities website at http://www.tufts.edu/central/facilities.
The old computers are either reused internally or recycled domestically by Veolia Environmental Services. No computer equipment from Tufts is sent overseas.

  • Before computers with a Tufts ID tag number can be picked up by Facilities for recycling, a “change of status” needs to be reported to the Tufts Finance Division. Please report this change of status by emailing the tag numbers to edward.fanikos@tufts.edu. The email subject line should read “Change of Status”. Most computers at Tufts no longer have tags on them. In this case, you do not need to report a change of status.
    Most Tufts computers are recycled for free; however, charges may be applied to large scale clean-outs. To schedule a recycling pick up, please fill in a “no fee” service request on the Facilities website.
    The old computers are either reused internally or recycled domestically by Veolia Environmental Services. No computer equipment from Tufts is sent overseas.
  • Sorry, Tufts Facilities Department can only recycle equipment owned by the university. Luckily, there are many computer end-of-life options for students and community members.
    • Grafton Residents have curbside pick up in April and October. Contact the Sanitation Division for exact dates- 508/839-5335 ext. 180
    • Westboro Residents should bring computer equipment to the dump (keep separate from household trash). Recycling is free to residents with a valid trash disposal sticker.
    Other Computer-Recycling Options include:
    • Apple offers free mail-in recycling of any brand computer when you purchase any qualifying Apple computer or monitor.
    • Dell offers free recycling of Dell products.
    • Recycle Sony products free by dropping them off at a Waste Management Facility:
    • PRTR Inc. Transfer Station
      791 Boston Post Rd. (Rt. 20), East Marlboro, MA 01752
      RCI Fitchburg Landfill
      101 Fitchburg Road (Rt. 31), Westminster, MA 01473
    • Staples recycles computers for $10 per piece: 571 Boston Turnpike,
      Shrewsbury | 70 Worcester Providence Tpke, Millbury
    • The Toshiba trade-in program provides you with a way to trade-in or recycle used, working, technology products in exchange for a refund by mail. If your item is no longer functioning, or has no trade-in value, it can be responsibly recycled for the cost of shipping.
    • eBay: Sell computers, cellular phones, cameras and audio equipment
    • Facebook users can now sell things via the Facebook Marketplace.
  • Before donating your computer, check out Tech Soup’s tips for donation.
    The following foundations are currently accepting computers:
    • TecsChange is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization. Call 617-442-4456 before dropping your computer off to be sure they will accept your model. Location: 83 Highland Street, Roxbury MA
    • Youth Build Boston’s wish list includes computers. Call them to arrange logistics at 617-445-8887.
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