University of Calgary

E-Waste reuse and recycling

UToday HomeApril 16, 2012

By Elise Hetu

Nancy Abrahamson (left), Larry Bain (middle) and Ian Babey (right) sort through collected e-waste to determine whether it will be sold at the Surplus Sale or sent to eCycle Solutions for recycling. Photo by Anna NowaczykNancy Abrahamson (left), Larry Bain (middle) and Ian Babey (right) sort through collected e-waste to determine whether it will be sold at the Surplus Sale or sent to eCycle Solutions for recycling. Photo by Anna NowaczykE-waste or electronic waste is one of 20 waste streams diverted from landfill at the University of Calgary. Employees wishing to have e-waste picked up from their office for reuse or recycling can do so by taking the following steps:

  1. Login to the My U of C portal at www.my.ucalgary.ca
  2. Click on Enterprise Systems > Supply Chain Management > Supply Chain Management Service Request Forms
  3. Complete the Equipment/Furniture Disposal Service Request Form

Where does it go?

Collected e-waste that is in good working condition is sold at the university’s weekly Surplus Sales, held every Friday (except holidays) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the General Services Building. The sales are open to campus members and the general public with great deals on electronics, furniture and more. View their catalogue to see this week’s items for sale.

Any e-waste that cannot be sold or re-distributed for reuse is recycled responsibly and locally through eCycle Solutions, where it is broken down into a wide range of materials.

“Last year nearly 41,000 kilograms of e-waste was collected and recycled through eCycle Solutions,” says Ian Babey, Functional Team Lead for Supply Chain Management Distribution Services, “all e-waste is processed at local sites in Canada so no materials are sent to developing countries.” See what becomes of your e-waste.

Registered as an electronics processor through the Alberta Recycling Management Authority, eCycle Solutions must ensure that a number of requirements are satisfied in environmental management, occupational health and safety, operations, and transportation. Certificates of destruction are also provided ensuring information security.

View a full list of recycling programs and services offered on campus.

For more stories on how students, faculty and staff are stepping up together to turn SustainabilityON or to learn how you can become involved, visit: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability.