Physical Plant Services

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Waste Diversion

Waste Diversion is very important to PPS and Sustainability.  This is why we are constantly working to improve the waste management system on the Queen's campus. 

For more information about Waste Diversion or Sustainability Services please visit their website: Queen's Sustainability.

Some of the initatives that are currently ongoing include:


Organics Collection

    There are organics collection boxes located:

    • Bio-Sciences Complex (1st floor)
    • Queen's Centre (1st floor)
    • JDUC (1st floor)
    • Beamish-Munro Hall (1st floor)
    • Duncan McArthur Hall (1st floor)
    • Abramsky Hall (2nd floor kitchen)
    • Robert Sutherland Hall (1st floor)
    • Gordon Hall (1st and 3rd floor hallways)

    We also have an office organics program currently in place that brings organic waste bins to your office's kitchen and lounge areas.  Please scroll down the page to see more information and to fill out the organics form. 


    Furniture Recycle and Reuse

    This application provides a vehicle for the campus community to advertise items they no longer need for others to use with no cost attached.  It could be anything from office supplies to furniture to other equipment. Using this site to exchange unwanted items saves money, ensures less waste goes to the landfill and supports our campus culture of sustainability. Anyone with a campus NetID can join. 

    Please visit, ReUseIt@Queens to see current ads and to post your own. 

    Fill out your furniture pick up request form below.

    Battery Recycle/Collection

    Queen's has a battery recycling program through the Raw Materials Company (RMC), and these battery recycling collection containers are found in the foyers of several buildings across campus. 

    Buildings where you can find the battery collection bins include:

    • Bio-Sciences Complex 
    • Botterell Hall
    • Bruce Wing
    • Campus Bookstore
    • Chernoff Hall 
    • Duncan McArthur Hall
    • Dupuis Hall
    • Ellis Hall
    • JDUC
    • Mackintosh-Corry
    • School of Kinesiology 
    • School of Medicine
    • Stirling Hall


    Textbooks For Change Collection

    Queen's has a book recycling program through Textbooks for Change, and these book recycling collection containers are found in the foyers of several buildings across campus.  

    Textbooks for Change provides affordable and accessible educational material to students both locally and across the globe.

    We believe that post-secondary students should be able to learn from high-quality material, regardless of their geographic or economic status. Whether it’s donating educational material to campus libraries in Kenya or selling an affordable used textbook to a student in Canada, our goal is to improve the educational landscape around the world. We work collaboratively with campus and community partners to create this impact, book by book.

    Buildings where you can find Textbooks for Change donation bins include:

    • Beamish-Munro
    • Botterell Hall
    • Bruce Wing
    • Campus Bookstore
    • Chernoff Hall
    • Duncan McArthur Hall
    • Ellis Hall
    • JDUC
    • School of Kinesiology 
    • School of Medicine
    • Stirling Hall

    Waste and Recycling Request Forms


    Scrap Metal Pick Up - Scrap metal includes any metal equipment or furniture that are free from hazardous materials. 



    Furniture ReUse and Disposal - Furniture pickups are scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. If your furniture is in good condition there may be another department interested in "trading up". Post your Furniture to the Queen's U Freecycle site for reuse on Campus. If there is no other campus members interested in the furniture please submit a Furniture pick up request and we will take it the rest of the way!



    E-Waste Pick Up and Disposal - Electronic waste pickups are also scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. Hard drives or devices that may contain confidential Queen’s information must be disposed of in a secure manner. To arrange the pick-up and disposal of e-waste that contains sensitive information, a request should be submitted via the E-Waste Pick-Up Request form to arrange for the direct pick-up and transportation of the equipment to the secured disposal unit.

    We also accept all ink and toner cartridges for recycling. Simply pack them up, mark "for recycling" and place them in the campus mail.



    Office Organics Program - Campus departments are invited to join the campus organics program which focuses on capturing food waste generated by staff who bring their lunches to work.  In order to adequately control the content and quality of the organic collection, an organics collection container is provided for kitchen or lounge spaces as well as an information sheet that outlines what is accepted into the organics program.  This container will be emptied into an exterior toter that is picked up weekly and transported to a composting facility.  Departments can join the office organics program by filling out a request form below.




    Scrap Metal Pickup Furniture Pickup E-Waste Pickup Office Organics
    Steel, Cast Iron Desks Laptops, tablets Food Scraps
    Stainless Steel, Aluminum Chairs Desktops, Monitors Coffee Grinds & Filters
    Brass, Copper, Lead Filing Cabinets TV's, Projectors Tea Bags
    Metal Alloys, Electrical Wire White boards Lab Equipment Kitchen Paper Towel
    Furniture containing 50% Metal   Printers & Photocopiers Tissue
    Large Appliances & Old Equipment   Small Appliances Soiled Pizza Boxes

    Any research equipment, furniture, appliances etc. that may have been in contact with or may contain chemical, biohazardous or radioactive substances must be decommissioned by Environmental Health & Safety prior to disposal. Please fill out a decommissioning form on the Environmental Health & Safety website. Once the item has been decommissioned and labelled by EH&S please complete the appropriate pick up form. Items without a EH&S sticker cannot be picked up. 

    Fill in request forms in their entirety.  Any missing information will delay processing of your request.

    Please contact the Recycling Coordinator Llynwen Osborne via email or by Queen's extention (x33396) to inquire about the status of your pick-up. Please DO NOT SUBMIT a 2nd request.