From Trash to Treasure – IT Collection, Reuse, and Donation
Trash To Treasure: Program Overview
At McMaster University, IT waste is either recycled through Greentec International Inc., or reused through IT waste collection cages and on IT Waste Collection, Reuse, & Recycle Day. In Hamilton, social enterprise greenBYTE refurbishes computer systems and provides them to at-risk children. The Trash to Treasure program leverages the opportunity for a collaboration between McMaster University and greenBYTE to support at-risk children and improve the university’s IT waste collection system.
IT Waste Disposal Process
Have IT waste? Request a FREE pickup, and everything will be done for you!
Step 2: Pick up
Facility Services will come and pick up your IT waste.
Step 3: Sanitize
UTS will sanitize all IT waste.
Step 4: Reuse
GreenBYTE will refurbish sanitized IT waste and distribute working systems to at-risk children.
The remainder of the IT waste will be upcycled at a campus reuse event.
Frequently Asked Questions
UTS assumes the responsibility of fully sanitizing the collected hard drives, including hard drives from computers collected by Facility Services as well as those brought to collection events.
Sanitization, also known as data erasure or wiping, is a secure means of erasing data on magnetic media, such as hard drives in computers. Other methods, such as reformatting or directory removal, are not sufficient to securely erase data; it will still be recoverable. Ensure your data is securely sanitized by taking advantage of this program.
We are collecting both university-generated IT waste and personal devices. Yes, this means you can bring in your old laptop(s) or home computer(s), or those provided by friends, family, or acquaintances. However, if you are a business looking to increase IT reuse, we refer you to SLSH greenBYTE. Equipment pick-up (on campus) and hard drive sanitization by UTS continues to be free of charge.
Yes, but due to the difficulty in guaranteeing secure data erasure, we ask that you reset your mobile device to factory settings before donating. Otherwise, they will be recycled.
IT Collection Day TBD due to COVID-19.
A service charge is usually applied to the collection of IT waste items when the Facility Services phone number is used. For the 2020 calendar year, Facility Services has pledged that NO service fee will be applied to faculty & staff who use the form to have their IT waste collected.