Unwanted Lab Equipment

Computers

Computers must first be decommissioned prior to disposal. This means all information must be wiped off the hard drive. This prevents sensitive research and personal information from leaving the campus.

Computers Used in an Office

  1. Decommission your computer
  2. Using the Online Waste Tag Program (OTP), create a EH&S hazardous waste tag (select “Universal Waste” and ”Computer, TV Monitors, (CRT’S)” ), tag it, and submit a hazardous waste pick-up request.

Computers Used in a Lab

A computer that was used in the lab will need to be decontaminated in addition to being decommissioned.

Isotope and Ethidium Bromide Contamination Warning

If isotopes were used near the device, request a radiation decontamination clearance from EH&S. This should be your first step. If equipment shows signs of radiation contamination, follow EH&S's on how to decontaminate and safely prepare the unwanted device for disposal.

If it was used near ethidium bromide special precautions must be taken. See Handling Ethidium Bromide for clean-up instructions.

  1. If the equipment is clear of radiation and/or ethidium bromide contamination, clean and decontaminate it. Scrub visible spill/chemical remnants with warm soapy water and wipe all surfaces with a freshly made 10% bleach solution.
  2. Green Tag Contact the  Safety Office to green tag your computer/e-waste to indicate it is hazard free.
    For Division of Biological Sciences labs ONLY. All others, please contact EH&S for assistance.
  3. Decommission your computer
  4. Using the Online Waste Tag Program (OTP), create a EH&S hazardous waste tag (select “Universal Waste” and ”Computer, TV Monitors, (CRT’S)”), tag it, and submit a hazardous waste pick-up request.

For more information, contact the EH&S Environmental Management Facility at (858) 534-2753.

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