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.
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:
- 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.
- 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:
To donate your phone directly to CNIB:
Complete the eligibility form at https://www.phoneitforward.ca/assess_phone.aspx and select ‘Submit Phone Entry’. Request a pre-paid envelope to mail your phone yourself to CNIB.