Sustainability Office





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Electronic Waste

Queen’s has participated in an electronic waste (ewaste) recycling program since 2005.  Staff and faculty can submit an on-line request to the Sustainability Office to pick up their unwanted electronic items.  Items are collected on a weekly basis and sent for recycling to the contracted electronics recycler for responsible and safe disposal of campus assets.  

Ewaste includes any end-of-life or discarded appliances using electricity such as desktop computers, portable computers, computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, hard drives), monitors, televisions, desktop printing devices including desktop copiers and multi-function devices, computer peripherals including modems, floor standing printing devices, scanners, typewriters, telephones and answering machines, cellular phones and pagers, PDAs, audio and video players and recorders (eg. MP3, cassette, digital), cameras (web, digital, analog), equalizers/(pre)amplifiers, radios, receivers, speakers, turntables, video players/projectors, digital frames, video recorders, personal hand held computers.

Secure handling practices for disposal of E-waste

Unused electronics should be recycled or destroyed when no longer required.

The following describes practices for the collection, transportation, and storage of e-waste awaiting destruction.

Please refer to the Queen’s Sustainability Office for guidance on the recycling of unused electronics.


  • Sustainability Office is responsible for: e-waste practices
  • PPS and Purtell are responsible for: the collection, transportation, and storage of e-waste awaiting destruction
  • Greentec is responsible for: the secure destruction of Queen’s e-waste
  • Departments and Faculties are responsible for: secure storage of e-waste awaiting collection, arranging the collection of e-waste, and; reporting loss or stolen e-waste
  • Campus Security is responsible for: investigating reports of loss or stolen e-waste
  • ITS is responsible for: Providing users with guidance on secure handling of e-waste

Collection of E-waste

  • Always adhere to health and safety practices to prevent physical injury
    • E-waste components may contain hazardous waste material
  • Store e-waste in a tamper-proof, locked container, inaccessible to the public
  • Never leave e-waste unattended, in an unsecured container
    • Work in pairs. One person collects the e-waste while the other monitors for safety
  • Transport in a sturdy container and approved vehicle
  • Label e-waste containers to identify the contents.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings:
    • Ensure pickup location is well lighted
    • Avoid picking up material in crowds

Control of E-waste

  • Securely store any e-waste that may contain Queen’s data, while awaiting collection
  • Create a record of collection that indicates name and signature of the person requesting the pickup
  • Update the record with the day, time, and location of drop-off at the destruction location
  • Provide a copy of the collection record to the Sustainability Office
  • Report loss or stolen e-waste to Campus Security