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SEED Takes Care of Obsolete Electronic Equipment

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 21, 2010

Everybody knows you can’t just throw out an outdated computer, right? That it can’t go in the regular trash? Ditto for monitors and printers and anything else that contains a circuit board.

Well, now there’s a new way to get rid of that old electronic equipment. UNH IT’s Safe Electronic Equipment Disposal (SEED) program not only erases the data from hard drives/disks and other computer components but it also provides for the disposal of all the hardware--computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, etc.

“Improper disposal not only can put personal and university data at considerable risk but may also violate federal and state regulations,” says Nino Coletti, UNH IT security assistant.

SEED sees to it that computer equipment is gotten rid of properly.

While the recycling vendor hired by the university to take the hardware is also charged with wiping out the data, departments are encouraged to delete all personal files and information before submitting anything for disposal.

Equipment that can be disposed of through the SEED program includes:

  • Computers and computerized equipment
  • Keyboards, mice, speakers, cables
  • Printers, faxes, copiers, scanners, hard drives and flash drives
  • Cell phones, PDAs
  • Audio visual equipment such as projectors, cameras
  • Equipment containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs) such as televisions and monitors
  • Telecommunications equipment, including routers, switches, bridges, modems, and other network gear
  • Laptop batteries and CMOS batteries, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) and backup power supplies containing batteries

Items containing liquids, refrigerants, hazardous or radioactive materials and batteries except for those in laptops and UPS devices are not accepted. 

Surplus computers and equipment can no longer be donated or sold; the recycling vendor will return funding to the program for equipment that can be resold.

“The program is going very well,” says Coletti. “We've had four collections to date, although we still feel we're in a learning mode and sensitive to improving our customer's satisfaction with the process.  For example, we have already put an enhancement in place, working with Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities, for those who have equipment which is too large or heavy for them to move safely.”

To find out about getting rid of an old computer (or two or three or more) call the IT help desk at 2-4242 or contact IT Security via their Web form at:  https://remedy.unh.edu/itsecinquiry. IT security personnel will review requests and get in touch to schedule a drop-off date for approved equipment.

To fill out a request form, visit https://remedy.unh.edu/unhit/surplus/ .  For additional program information, go to the IT Security Web site's SEED pages.

Equipment collection takes place monthly at the loading dock at 1 Leavitt Lane. Only equipment which has received prior approval can be dropped off.

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