Sustainability Office

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pile of electronic waste

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 safe disposal and recycling.  

E-waste 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, small appliances (coffee makers, toaster ovens, kettles), 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 submitted to the E-waste program when no longer required.


  • Sustainability Office is responsible for: e-waste practices
  • PPS and moving services are responsible for: the collection, transportation, and storage of e-waste awaiting destruction
  • The electronics recycling company is responsible for: the secure destruction of Queen’s e-waste
  • Departments and Faculties are responsible for: secure storage of e-waste awaiting collection by moving services, 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

E-Waste disposal process

Step 1: The requesting office submits an online E-Waste/Equipment Pickup Request. Ensuring that a complete list of items to be picked up is documented in the Description of Work field.

Step 2: The requesting office will receive a confirmation email complete with a submission number. (The submission number should always be used when referencing the request).

Step 3: The requesting office labels the devices to be picked up with the submission number, so moving services knows they are taking the correct items.

Step 4 The requesting office places the E-Waste in a secure area to await pick up. Secure areas are those not easily accessed by anyone outside of your unit’s staff, preferably a locked room or cabinet. Under no circumstances leave E-Waste in hallways, outside of buildings, or on loading docks even for a short period as this may expose the University to risk.

Step 5: Moving services will arrive to remove the E-Waste.