The University diverted almost nine tonnes of its electronic waste from landfill through reuse and recycling last week, in an effort to reduce its environmental impact.
An estimated 25 per cent of the equipment will be reused through refurbishments. Remaining electronics will be disassembled and their recovered materials recycled.
Approximately 37 tonnes of carbon emissions have been abated through the initiative. Hazardous substances, including lead, mercury and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), have also been prevented from leaching into the environment.
Sixteen Faculties and Departments participated in the collection, coordinated by Sustainable Initiatives.
The downstream processing of the electronic components will be conducted in a socially ethical manner.