E-waste recycling program for University of British Columbia

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UBC has a long track record of accomplishments in recycling and waste reduction. We currently divert about 59 per cent of our operational, construction and demolition waste from the landfill. In 2010, we conducted a waste audit and are now developing a comprehensive Waste Action Plan to move towards becoming a zero waste campus.

Sort it Out
Did you know most of UBC’s garbage can be recycled? Right now we’re recycling less than half of it.

Waste Action Plan
UBC is developing a comprehensive Waste Action Plan based on a campus waste audit and consultations with students, staff, faculty, and working groups. The Plan will outline UBC’s targets to reach new milestones in waste reduction and management, and the actions required to achieve our goals.

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest-growing source of waste in North America. UBC offers an e-waste recycling program for UBC community members to recycle their computers, monitors and electronic accessories responsibly.
Rapid advances in technology result in obsolete electronic equipment, which often ends up in the landfill. E-waste does not decompose and can cause toxic substances like arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel to leach into soil and water. Therefore, responsible stewardship of e-waste is essential.
reuse-it! UBC
reuse-it! UBC facilitates the reuse of goods between departments on campus, to reduce the number of reusable items that enter the waste stream.

Launched in March 2011, this online service supports department-to-department transfers of furniture, office supplies and electronic equipment. A total of 1,100 items were reused between March and September 2011, instead of going to landfill. These transfers saved UBC about $24,700, the estimated cost of purchasing these items again.

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