Electronics Recycling

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: top

McMaster's BMS Auction Site
Electronics Collection Drop-off Locations
Acceptable Items for Electronics Recycling
Important Steps to Take Before Recycling Your Electronic Equipment
Clearing Data from Your Smartphone
Disk Recycling
Recycling Cell Phones & Printer Ink
Battery Recycling

Electronics Collection Drop-off Locations (back to top)

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.

Acceptable Items for Electronics Recycling (back to top)


  • Computer peripherals including modems
  • Printing devices including copiers, scanners, typewriters
  • Telephones (physical and accessories)
  • Cellular phones
  • PDAs and pagers
  • Audio and video players
  • Cameras
  • Equalizers/(pre)amplifiers
  • Radios
  • Receivers
  • Speakers
  • Tuners
  • Turntable
  • Video players/projectors
  • Video recorders
  • Personal hand held computers

    White Goods:

  • Hairdryers
  • Hair Straighteners
  • Curling Irons
  • Microwaves
  • Humidifiers (empty)
  • Dehumidifiers (empty)
  • Christmas Lights
  • Blenders
  • Kitchen Appliances (kettles, food processors, coffee makers)
  • Toaster Ovens

  • Important Steps to Take Before Recycling Your Electronics Equipment (back to top)

    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:

    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.

    Recycling Cell Phones & Printer Ink (back to top)

    *Note: This information is currently in the process of being updated. Please check back soon. Thank you.

    Cell Phones, laptops, digital cameras, mp3 players/iPods, Inkjet and laser cartridges can be dropped off to any 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 please place them in your inter office mail bag and mail to CSB B113. 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.

    McMaster Staff can drop off toner cartridges at either 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)

    Disk Recycling (back to top)

    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

    Battery Recycling (back to top)

    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 (HSC) - Stores, room 1G1


    April 9 , 2018

    Electronics Collection, Reuse & Recycling Events

    This year's E-Waste Recycling Day held on April 30th, 2018 was a great success. We collected 2,245 lbs of equipments thanks to McMaster's staff, Faculty and students!

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    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
    • BioSphere
    • 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 sustainability@mcmaster.ca

    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 Janet Mannella at the FHSc Safety Office at mannellaj@mcmaster.ca or extension 22402.