E-waste is otherwise known as electronic waste, including such items as old, broken or obsolete:
Although the e-waste stream is smaller than other waste streams, the problem posed is very real. Landfilling e-waste is harmful to the environment because substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, plastics and flame retardants can leach out into the soil and water. These substances can be toxic and have been associated with cancer and neurological disorders in children.
UBC Waste Management takes campus e-waste to Encorp Pacific (Canada) for recycling of ‘Stewardship Program items’ (see below). Encorp Pacific works under the BC Electronic Product Stewardship Plan (ESABC) to process e-waste to reclaim raw materials such as glass, metals, and plastics, with all recycling operations taking place in Canada.
For items that cannot be recycled through Encorp Pacific, UBC Waste Management works with E-Cycle Solutions, an e-waste recycler that also works under ESABC.
UBC accepts the following items as e-waste:
Stewardship Program Approved Items
The provincial Stewardship Program will be expanding its ‘acceptable materials’ list in the near future.
Personal electronic waste Stewardship Program items are accepted FREE OF CHARGE from staff, faculty and students.
Non-Stewardship Program items
UBC Waste Management will accept non-Stewardship Program items from UBC departments only, but recycling fees (XLS) will apply. We cannot accept non-stewardship program items from individuals at this time.
UBC Waste Management accepts e-waste from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday. You can find us at the back of the University Services Building at the first loading dock on Agronomy Road at Lower Mall in Room 0150. Anyone from the UBC community (staff, faculty and students) can drop off their personal electronic waste, in small quantities.
To have your departmental e-waste collected, please forward work request or journal voucher to Building Operations Service Centre or call them at 604-822-2173. Please contact your Facilities Manager if you require further assistance. download a request form.
Please be careful about who you contact to pick-up your e-waste. Many e-waste ‘recyclers’ may claim to recycle all materials in North America. However the only way to be sure is to use a recycler under ESABC or a certified ‘e-steward’ under the Basel Action Network.
If you wish to contact a recycler outside of UBC, we suggest:
Technology advances at such a rapid pace that a newly purchased machine can be virtually obsolete within a year or two. As new electronic gadgets become more easily available and widely distributed, so does the disposal problem of the outdated equipment.