Small E-Waste

E-waste, also known as electronic waste, includes electronic items that are old, broken or obsolete. At the UBC Okanagan campus, e-waste is divided into three main categories for disposal (small e-waste, batteries and cell phones). E-waste bins are located in all public buildings on campus and their contents are recycled with the rest of the e-waste generated at UBCO.

Small E-Waste


Cell phones

Cell phones can be recycled or reused through HSE programs. Prior to disposing or donating your cell phone, remove any personal accounts and complete a Factory Reset on the device.

Used cell phones fall into two streams:

  1. Recycled with e-waste (obsolete, or irreparably damaged)

Cell phones placed in the HSE e-waste bins are directly recycled with the rest of the e-waste generated at UBCO.

  1. Re-used (relevant, in working condition)

HSE works in partnership with CNIB Phone it Forward to donate re-usable phones that can be refurbished and given to a person with sight loss who needs it.


To determine if your phone is eligible for donation:

Fill out this online form and select ‘Compute Phone Value”. If your phone model is not available on the drop-down list, your phone is not eligible for the program.

To donate your phone through HSE at UBCO:

Complete a factory reset on your phone, drop it off to HSE in LIB 016 during open hours, or contact us at to arrange a drop-off time. You will sign a donor agreement and HSE will mail your donated phone and agreement on your behalf.

To donate your phone directly to CNIB:

Complete the eligibility form at and select ‘Submit Phone Entry’. Request a pre-paid envelope to mail your phone yourself to CNIB.