eWaste recycling

Between the Fredericton and Saint John campus, UNB has diverted well over 50,000 pounds of electronic waste from the landfill in the last 3 years.

UNB Fredericton

UNB now has three electronic waste recycling bins on the Fredericton campus to make it easy for you to dispose of unwanted personal electronic devices, such as cell phones, batteries, and empty printer cartridges. These drop off locations can be found at the following 3 locations:

  • Outside the ITS department in Head Hall (D level)
  • The University Bookstore lobby
  • The Harriet Irving Library Commons

When a computer gets replaced at the University of New Brunswick, it doesn’t get thrown in a landfill. One project coordinated by ITS, the Student Union, and Financial services is the Great Computer Giveaway. Laptops that are coming out of service, that were a part of the Student Technology Fee purchases from prior years, are refurbished and offered to students in financial need. The giveaway has provided over 400 computers to students at no cost to them since 2004.

Computers and flat panel monitors go to the Computers for Schools program, where systems are supplied to local schools, libraries and non-profits/charities.

UNB Saint John

Every year, UNB Saint John hosts a community electronic waste recycling day. The first two events held filled a tractor trailer with electronics within 3 hours. UNB Saint John has held 3 community recycling days and have diverted 26,000 pounds of electronic waste from the landfill. The electronic waste is picked up from the campus by Midland Transport and delivered to RESNET, the only authorized recycling organization in New Brunswick located in Edmundston. This event is successful because of the support from Midland Transport, Saint John firefighters union, RESNET recyclers, and all of the volunteers that help coordinate the event.

It is important to note that the province of New Brunswick will be implementing an electronic waste recycling program in the spring of 2017. Therefore, the e-waste recycling programs on each campus may change significantly in the near future.