E-Waste and Battery Recycling at Dalhousie University
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The amount of electronic waste that is disposed of in landfills continues to grow each year. Due to high levels of environmental contamination, the collection and proper recycling of electronic waste is of utmost importance for protecting human health and environmental integrity. Dalhousie University is a large research intensive post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada with over 17,000 students, most of whom regularly use electronics for communication and learning. While there is currently an electronics recycling program for faculty and staff there is no system in place for students. Based on our research results, there is substantial room for improvements in the areas of student recycling awareness and a desire for an electronics recycling program for students. We recommend that Dalhousie University take action to raise recycling awareness and environmental literacy among the student body, and initiate a more inclusive, convenient, and effective program.