how Successful is E-waste REcycling?
Queen’s opened an e-waste program in FEbruary 2005 and since has diverted 30 tons of e-waste every year from landfills.  Queen’s e-waste is composed of campus computers and other electronic equipment, computer printers and photocopier toner cartridges which are available on campus.
 
How much E-waste does queen’s Produce?
Over the past two years the amount of e-waste generated on campus has increase noticeable and it is only likely to continue to grow. Diverting over 2,200 pieces of electronic equipment, which is approximately 690 computers and 580 CPUs.
 
How did the program start?
The initiation of a e-waste recycling program on campus was a proactive solution to a waste minimization legislation in which the Ontario Government was preparing. It was also started to mitigate potential environmental hazards associated with the land-filling of University e-waste.
 
Why recycle E-waste?
E-waste contains many harmful, but also useable chemicals and metals. E-waste, particularly computer equipment, fax machines and televisions sets contain copper, lead, mercury and aluminum. Although they are in such small quantities, resonating in a landfill causes very real environmental problems, particularly contamination of water.
 
Where does it go?
Many believe that e-waste from Queen’s sits in landfills degrading the environment. However, this is not the case. The SIMs Recycling facility in Brampton, Ontario recycles the material. The facility removes the hazardous components from the e-waste, and recycles the remaining parts.
 
Recycling At Queen’s
E-waste Contacts  on campus

Kelsey Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator for Student Affairs

Ivan Mackeen, Manager of Physical Plant Services 

Useful Sites
www.queensu.ca/pps/waste/sum506.pdf
www.queensu.ca/pps/index.html
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