Brampton Library TechTober and our goal of collecting 5,000 lbs of e-waste

Published on Nov 18, 2023 with contributions from Jessie Yang, Jensen Wong, Joseph Lek

This October, we partnered with the Brampton Library for TechTober – an initiative dedicated to digital sustainability efforts and recycling in the Brampton Community – and launched our campaign to set a new community record for total e-waste collected!

During the two events, the TechCollect Drive on October 21, 2023 and Repair Café on October 28, 2023, we collected 28 computers and 12 mobile devices to be refurbished and distributed back to the community and/or safely recycled and helped divert 2,021 lbs of e-waste from the landfill!

Our commitment to the TechCollect goal of collecting 5,000 lbs continues and we invite you to help us by donating your electronic and metal waste, batteries, and computers. Company, individual, organization donations accepted. 

Drop off locations

You can drop off your electronics, batteries and e-waste (by appointment only) at:

Pick up services are available upon request in the GTA ($25 pick up fee may apply)

TechCollect event

On October 21, 2023, our volunteers arrived at the Gore Meadows Library and worked with the Brampton Library staff to set up two stations for the event. 

The first was a table outside the library, overlooking the parking lot for electronic and e-waste collections.

The second station was set up indoors, by the library entrance, which gave us the opportunity to engage with visitors as they headed to the library and showcase our Computer Anatomy workshops where volunteers went into detail explaining the various parts of the computer and their uses. 

Our team worked hard to record every instance of electronic waste collected, from old media players, televisions, PCs, laptops to microwaves, even a flat screen TV! 

In total, we collected and recorded over 2000+ pounds of electronic waste! The 28 computers and 12 mobile devices we have received are now being refurbished, with the goal of donating them to people in need. For our volunteers, it was a valuable opportunity to get involved, keep electronic waste out of landfills, and to spread awareness regarding the inner workings of computers. We hope that our efforts will help others see computers not as mysterious black boxes, but as tools to manage and maintain. 

Repair Café

On October 28, 2023, from 1pm to 4pm, we partnered with the Brampton Library and Sheridan College: Mission Zero teams to host a Repair Cafe at the Four Corners Branch Library. 

The room was filled with volunteers from Let’s Get Together, Sheridan College’s Mission Zero team and many local fixers and repair coaches, all working to repair broken personal items brought by the members of the community to keep them out of landfills. 

For our Let’s Get Together team, it was an opportunity to receive unwanted electronics both for repair and recycling. We provided our best advice and tips and spread awareness for the recycling of technology and maintenance of electronics. 

A big thank you! 

A warm thank you to our partners for working with us on these amazing initiatives, the wonderful staff at the Brampton Library for accommodating our event and helping us to set up our stations, and to our passionate volunteers for their time and effort in teaching and recording collected electronics.

Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank the Brampton Community for attending our lessons, sharing our advice and tips and graciously donating your technology. Without your contributions, the success of our TechCollect events would not have been possible!