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 FCM Recycling for recycling of ‘Stewardship Program items’ (see below). FCM Recycling works under the Electronic Products Recycling Association British Columbia (EPRA) to process e-waste to reclaim raw materials such as glass, metals, and plastics, with all recycling operations taking place in North America.
UBC accepts the following items as e-waste:
All personal electronic waste Stewardship Program Approved items are accepted FREE OF CHARGE from staff, faculty and students. A list of e-waste recycling fees (XLS) outlines any potential charges that may apply.
UBC Waste Management will accept non-Stewardship Program items from UBC departments only, but e-waste recycling fees (XLS) may apply. Please note additional charges may apply in large volume requests.
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 outside the back of 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 submit a service request to Building Operations Service Centre or call them at 604-822-2173. Please contact your Facilities Manager if you require further assistance.
**For your own personal and departmental security, you need to take adequate steps to ensure that no personal and/or confidential data remains on the electronic product prior to pick up or drop off.**
For further info UBC policies and best practices follow these two links:
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 EPRA or a certified ‘e-steward’ under the Basel Action Network.
If you wish to contact a recycler outside of UBC, we suggest:
For more information on e-waste, check out the Basel Action Network.
Or read the article on students and faculty members at the UBC Graduate School for Journalism who won an Emmy Award for an investigative news documentary that explores the health and environmental impacts of electronic waste.
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.