HWM handles hazardous materials and other items destined for recycling which cannot be accepted via the university's recycling program. HWM handles batteries, old electronic equipment, computers and metal appliances. For more information on recycling at McGill, consult the Sustainability website.
Old computers and electronic equipment
Before you fill out the form to have your old computer equipment picked up for disposal, policy dictates that you contact ICS (if you have a service agreement) or your local IT department to have the drives wiped, and to determine eligibility for re-use.
You should also contact your asset steward or ICS (if you have a service agreement) and provide the serial number (sometimes called an asset tag or service tag) to ensure that the inventory database is updated appropriately
Once those steps have been completed then you can fill out the online form to have HWM pick up your equipment.
Irregular large asset disposal such as furniture and appliances requires special disposal requests.
Before disposing of research assets, please review the "Research asset management procedure"
Please fill the online form to have your refrigerated unit picked up. A FOAPAL is required to cover the cost of freon removal, as well as movers fees if applicable. All requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and a quote will be sent to you prior to scheduling the pick-up. For large units (ex: -80 freezer, deli fridges, heavy lab equipment), please include the following information:
- Size of unit
- Pictures of the unit
- room number where the unit is stored
- confirm that the unit can be moved outside of the lab and outside of the building easily (through doors, corridors, etc.)
- approximate weight of the unit
We only accept furniture made of metal. You can fill the online form with your list of items and we will get back to you.
Alkaline and rechargeable batteries
If you live in Montreal, you can dispose of them for free at your local "Eco center". In order to know where is the nearest Eco center, visit this website.
Send your used alkaline batteries to McGill's Hazardous Waste Management department where they will be subsequently sent for treatment.
For small quantities, you can drop your batteries in one of our red battery recycling bins located in the lobby of all major buildings:
You can also place your batteries in a padded envelope or a well sealed small box, and send them by internal mail to
Recycling of materials
Hazardous Waste Management
McIntyre Medical Building, Room 129
For large quantities, call us at local 5066.
Lead acid batteries
For a pick-up of batteries used in cars, motorcycles & forklifts, call HWM at local 5066.
If you have more than 2 cartridges to recycle you need to fill up the online form in order for us to go pick it up. If you have 1 or 2 cartridges you can send them by internal mail to our office. Make sure that you seal it properly and that you pack it in the ORIGINAL BOX (or equivalent), properly taped. This will avoid spillage of toner during transport.
The lead pigs that contain isotope vials are recyclable. In most instances, hazardous waste rooms in buildings hold a box labelled for lead pig recycling. If not, simply place your lead pigs in a small identified box and send it with your waste materials. However, before dropping off your lead pigs, please check them for radioactive contamination!
Plastic pigs are made entirely from plastic and are not recyclable. These may be presented as garbage. However, they must be free of contamination and radioactive markings before being sent to the trash. Please check them first!
Other exotics metals and alloys
Call us to make arrangements.