Collection, reuse and recycling of electronic equipment has become an important area of focus because these devices not only contain harmful chemicals, such as cadmium, mercury and lead, but are also costly to dispose of in a responsible manner. If you have electronic equipment that is destined for recycling or that could be reused by someone else, please review the information on this page to learn more about the available options, such as:
Can't wait until the next Electronics Colleciton, Reuse and Recycle Event? Collection cages are located in the following areas year-round. Click on each link to view a detailed location of the collection cage.
Computer peripherals including modems
Printing devices including copiers, scanners, typewriters
Telephones (physical and accessories)
PDAs and pagers
Audio and video players
Personal hand held computers
White Goods: Hairdryers
Kitchen Appliances (kettles, food processors, coffee makers)
First: Be sure to confirm with your supervisor before deciding on disposing of any University-owned equipment. Departments disposing of equipment should either use their engraver and cross out their department identified provident number on their computers (or items or value over $1K) or remove from their departmental equipment inventory list in order to comply with the Insurance and Protection of Movable Assets program:
Second: Make sure you “sanitize” the hard drive, clearing off any licensed McMaster University software and confidential information.
- Contact the UTS Service Desk at extension 24357 for helpful advice.
- Note that during Collection events mentioned above, UTS will provide personal assistance in hard drive sanitization at no cost.
Third: You can put in a request to have your items picked up through Facility Services Customer Service Desk (x24740, or online here). The approximate prices for transportation are as follows: 1-5 computers = $15.00, 5 or more = minimum $30.00. Please make sure you indicate where the computers are to go.
Cell Phones, laptops, digital cameras, mp3 players/iPods, Inkjet and laser cartridges can be dropped off to any ThinkRecycling box. These boxes are located across campus.
- Hamilton Hall, Math & Stats Office, Room 218
- ABB, Physics Office, Room 241
- Life Sciences Building, Room 214
- MSU Office, MUSC Room 201
- DSB Main Lobby
- Thode Library Main Lobby
- Ron Joyce Centre Main Lobby & 2nd Floor
- MIP Main Office (Atrium Suite 105)
- CRL, Basement Lunch Room (near North stair case)
- Mills Library Main Lobby (NW corner)
For all toner cartridges that are NOT produced by Sharp please place them in your inter office mail bag. Please ensure the cartridge is in its original box or a plastic bag. If the box does not shut completely, please secure it closed with tape prior to placing it in the mail bag. Cartridges are collected by Grand & Toy for reuse and recycling.
For Sharp toner cartridges please place them in your inter office mail bag and mail to DSB B113. Please ensure the cartridge is in its original box or a plastic bag.
McMaster Staff can drop off toner cartridges at either of the ABB or Health Science stores locations or can place the used cartridge in original packaging or sealed, labeled envelope addressed to Mail Services, CSB-B109 and leave in your outgoing mail box.
McMaster Students can place used cartridge in envelope or small bag and bring to the Print Cartridge Bin at the Design & Copy Shop in MUSC Basement or in Titles Bookstore (near the Gilmour Hall side checkout)
|Disc recycling is managed by Super Shred. Special disc recycling consoles can be found in the following locations:
||McMaster University Student Centre - near the entrance to Gilmour Hall by Williams Cafe
||Commons Building - Main Entrance
||Mary Keyes Residence - Main Entrance
Batteries can be dropped off at many locations across campus:
- A.N. Bourns Science Building Stores - ABB, room B166
- Commons Building - Main Entrance/Service Desk, room 129
- David Braley Athletic Centre - Main Entrance/Joan Buddle Service Desk
- Mary Keyes Residence - Main Entrance/Service Desk, room 126
- McMaster University Student Centre - OPIRG Office, room 229
- McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC) - Stores, room 4N43
April 17 , 2012
Electronics Collection, Reuse & Recycling Events
Twice each year, IT collection events are held to collect, reuse and recycle the University's electronic waste. The first of these events was held in April 2009 as McMaster's Earth Day celebration and was extremely successful. The second collection event was held in October where it aligned with Campus Sustainability Day, which began our trend of semi-annual collection events. These events are a great oppportunity to declutter your home and office from unwanted electronic equipment.
- University Technology Services
- Computer Services Unit
- Facility Services
- Downtown Centre (DTC)
- McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)
- MBA Association
- Niagara E Waste
- MIDA RPM
- Mohawk College
To coordinate Electronics pick-up:
If you are not able to take your university-owned equipment safely to a drop-off location, please contact Facility Services at extension 24740 to make arrangements for your electronic materials to be picked up.
For More Information
For more information about McMaster’s Electronics Collection, Reuse, Recycle event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on the Print Management Strategy and fleet printer How To’s, please visit the PrintSmart website http://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/printsmart/
For more information about BioSphere and the Think Recycling program, please visit: http://macbiosphere.stanleyarmour.com/
For information about hazardous waste disposal in the Faculty of Health Sciences, please contact Mike McGuire at the FHSc Safety Office at email@example.com or extension 22402.