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We're on our way to Zero Waste

American University is committed to strive for zero waste sent to landfill and incineration.

Throw away doesn't mean go away, so we're on our way to Zero Waste.

Personal Electronic Waste Drive

Annual Personal E-Waste Drive will be October 14, 2015 
Main Campus:
MGC Tavern and 9AM-2PM
Off Campus Facilities: 12PM-2PM

  • 4401 Connecticut (Room 400)
  • 4620 Wisconsin Ave (2nd Floor)
  • 4801 Massachusetts Ave (WCL Lobby)

All electronics are reused or recycled. Data will be wiped according to the Department of Defense Standards. Appliances are not accepted.  
AU owned electronics must go through Please email AU Surplus to schedule a pick-up.

Accepted Items: 

We accept nearly all electronics of any age, working or not working.

  • Computers and Laptops
  • Servers and Mainframe Equipment
  • UPS Systems
  • Network Equipment: Routers, Switches, Hubs, Modems
  • Telephone Equipment: PBX Phone Systems, VOIP Phones, Business Phones
  • Printers, Typewriters, Fax Machines, Scanners
  • New or Used Toner and Ink Cartridges
  • Copiers and Printers over 50lbs ($25-$95 per unit depending on size)
  • Peripherals: Mice, Keyboards, Wires, Power Strips, Network Cables, Connectors
  • Power Supplies, AC Adapters
  • Flat Panel Monitors, LCDs, LCD TVs, Plasma, LED, Flat Panel
  • Audio Equipment: Amplifiers, Receivers, Speakers, Microphones, Stereo Equipment, Boom Boxes, Turntables
  • Video Equipment: Video Cameras
  • Consumer Electronics: Ipods, Walkman, GPS, Digital Cameras
  • Cellular Phones, Pagers, Iphones, Blackberry, etc
  • VCRs, DVD Players, BlueRay Players, Cable Boxes, Tivo, DVR, Sat Receivers
  • Test Equipment, Oscilloscopes, Spectrum Analyzers
  • Laboratory Equipment, Industrial Machinery, Aircraft Equipment, Military Equipment
  • RF, Radio, and Ham Radio Parts
  • Satellite Equipment, Dishes, BUCs, LNBs, Waveguides
  • Microwave Radio equipment and antennas
  • Batteries: NiCad, NiMH, Lithium Ion, Lead Acid (UPS Batteries) Laptop Batteries, cell phone batteries, Car Batteries, Forklift Batteries
  • Circuit Boards (any kind)
  • Cables/Wire
  • Metals: Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Iron, etc.

Not Accepted: 

Appliances, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Liquids, Hazardous Materials, Vacuum Cleaners, Dehumidifiers.

AU owned electronics? Please send an email to

What AU is doing to eliminate waste

Zero waste containers

New zero waste containers at SIS

  • In 2010, AU adopted a Zero Waste Policy mandating the creation of a team to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the university's waste stream.
  • AU composts paper towel waste from all restrooms around campus. Green Eagles (student sustainability educators) audited the campus waste stream and discovered that by composting paper towels, we are diverting about 13 percent of AU's waste from landfill.
  • AU also composts all of the kitchen waste from the Terrace Dining Room, Tenley Cafe, and coffee grounds from the Davenport Lounge.
  • The university is reducing solid waste by replacing bottled water with inline water filters.
  • In fall 2009, AU eliminated trays in the Terrace Dining Hall, reducing food waste by an estimated 32 percent.
  • The university reuses and recycles surplus furniture by partnering with several area surplus and reuse centers.
  • In 2009, the university recycled 43 percent of the solid waste generated on campus by presorting cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phones, and fluorescent lights.
  • We collect and recycle vehicle waste including lubricants, antifreeze, oil filters, tires, and batteries.
  • University-owned electronics equipment can be recycled bysimply e-mailing
  • Personal electronics waste can be recycled at our quarterly e-waste recycling drives.
  • We collect kitchen grease and convert it to electricity and hot water using a Vegawatt generator system.