UBC has committed, at the corporate level, to the deep integration of our operational and academic efforts in sustainability. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is the University’s agent in this innovation. USI fosters partnerships and collaborations that extend beyond traditional boundaries of disciplines, sectors and geographies to address the critical issues of our time. Visit UBC Sustainability.

UBC Psychology Recycle and Re-use Initiatives

Battery, CFL Bulb, Toner Cartridge Recycling
Non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries, CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, used laser toner printer cartridges can be dropped off at the Photocopier and Mail Room (Kenny 2506) in the designated boxes/locations. Acceptable types are consumer electronic alkaline batteries AA, AAA, C, D, 9V types, lithium and rechargeable batteries for mobile phones/devices, laptops, cordless tools, and cameras. Black and colour toner cartridges are accepted too.

E-Waste Recycling
The UBC Psychology IT Helpdesk accepts e-waste (phones, computers and monitors, electronic equipment etc.). Please contact the Psychology IT Helpdesk to arrange for a pickup/dropoff. The drop-off location is Room 2303 (stores). Anyone within the Psychology department (staff, faculty and students) may drop off their personal electronic waste, in small quantities. Please remove any batteries before dropping off any e-waste. For information on the procedures for battery recycling on campus and the drop-off location map see the UBC Battery Recycling Program. More information on UBC’s e-waste program.

Soft Plastics Recycling
There is a recycling container set up for soft plastics in the department’s mail room (Kenny room 2506). The department accepts soft plastics such as clean plastic bags, plastic mailers, plastic covers on journals/magazines, plastic air pillows and packaging.

UBC Styrofoam Reduction and Recycling
UBC Psychology collects styrofoam. To arrange collection of your styrofoam contact the Psychology IT Helpdesk. Styrofoam boxes and some of the styrofoam blocks in electronics shipments are acceptable but currently only when shipped specifically to UBC (no personal items yet). Styrofoam must be clean and dry with stickers and labels removed. See the recycle styrofoam poster to see acceptable styrofoam items.

UBC Recycle and Re-use Initiatives

UBC has a closed-loop composting system, which turns food and plant waste into compost used for landscaping right here on campus. Composting bins (green) are available in the SUB and accept food and plant waste, paper towels, plates and napkins, and coffee grinds and tea bags. There’s also a green bin on the south-side outside of the Scarfe building (on the loading dock). Learn more about composting on campus.

Green Labs
The Green Labs Program offers sustainable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of research-related activities at UBC.

Reuse-it! UBC
Reuse-it! UBC is sponsored by UBC Supply Management and the Sustainability Office. This program is designed to assist UBC employees at the Point Grey campus find and exchange low-value items between departments (e.g. furniture, audio-visual equipment, office supplies, etc.). Registered members can post both wanted and available listings. This could be particularly helpful to incoming/outgoing grads and faculty needing low or no cost office /lab items or a means of clearing out items for re-use.

UBC’s Recyclopedia is a  complete listing of all items recycled on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Waterfillz Refill Stations
UBC currently has 20+ WaterFillz stations on its campus, including two in the SUB and one each in the MacMillan, West Mall Swing Space, Sing Tao, Fred Kaiser and Engineering buildings. Simply bring your reusable water bottle to refill and refresh!

Learn more about the other UBC Sustainability campus initiatives.