“the starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible.” —norman cousins, journalist, professor, and world peace advocate
Although advances in technology facilitate daily functions, computers and other informational technology are an enormous strain on the environment. Information Technology Services (ITS) at Boston College is mitigating this burden by replacing outdated equipment and preventing further harm by instituting energy-saving standards for new purchases. Visit the ITS web site for more information.
Additional pro-environmental actions are being implemented around campus, including a limit on student printing.
Out with the Old
As part of the Boston College Computer Replacement program, workstations for faculty and staff are refreshed every four years. The process replaces outdated workstations with current configurations. The old computers are sent back to Dell, which reuses and recycles the material. Visit the BCCR web site to learn more.
BC also offers a computer removal program. ITS and Facilties Services work together to pick up and remove old or broken computer peripherals (printers, monitors, etc.) from faculty and staff offices so the material can be transferred to places of proper reuse and disposal. Before computers are recycled, any sensitive data is removed from the hard drive.
BC provides recycling of ink cartridges and batteries as well. Students can place their used ink jet cartridges and batteries into white boxes that are located throughout the residential halls. To dispose of toner cartridges from laser printers, fill out the form on this page.
For all other recycling needs, please visit our Recycling section, or see below for details on recycling electronics.
In with the New
When BCCR personnel select vendors for equipment purchases, they request that the vendors fill out the section on the Request for Purchase (RFP) that asks for data on the energy rating and consumption of each unit.
Our Recycling section has more information on how to recycle your used computers and other electronic products: