HWM handles hazardous materials and other items destined for recycling which cannot be accepted via the university's recycling program. HWM handles batteries, appliances, and metals. For more information on recycling at McGill, consult the Sustainability website.
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.
Drop off your old cellphones and cellphone batteries at Bell World, Espace Bell or Bell Mobility stores nationwide, or mail them to us by internal mail. They will be refurbished and donated to women's shelters across the country.
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.
Old computers and electronic equipment
You have to fill the online form in order for us to go pick up your equipment. All computers and electronic equipment that can't be reused by the McGill community will be either refurbished by Insertech or recycled by E-Cycle. Make sure you erase all data on the hard drive prior to disposal.
Irregular large asset disposal such as furniture and appliances requires special disposal requests.
Prior to disposal, old refrigerated units must first be emptied of their ozone-depleting substances. That is why we will ask you for a FOAPAL prior to pickup. Once this is accomplished, Hazardous Waste Management (local 5066) can be contacted for instructions to have the unit picked up from where it is located.
We only accept furniture made of metal. You can contact us by email with your list of items and we will get back to you.
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.