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Electronic waste diversion strategies at the Vancouver International Airport Jaffar, Atiya


Research Question: What strategies should the Vancouver International Airport Authority pursue in order to effectively expand its electronic waste diversion program? This study assessed the e-waste generation trends at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The findings of this research have informed the composition of a set of recommendations for an expanded e-waste diversion program at the airport. The airport authority currently has programs in place for the replacement and recycling of all end-of-life lighting products, batteries, cellular phones and computers. Opportunities for expanding this program were determined through an online survey, an audit and interviews It was found that a highly assorted range of e-waste categories are currently produced by the airport authority. Furthermore, it was found that airport tenants have been responsible for generating a large proportion of YVR's e-waste stream. Recommendations: 1. The Community and Environmental Affairs department in the airport authority harmonize the diversion of all end-of-life electronics at the airport. This can occur through the creation of a designated e-waste drop off location at the airport that is accessible to members of the airport authority as well as airport tenants. 2. The airport should register as a Large Volume Generator with Encorp Pacific or a certified BC recycler to receive no-cost e-waste removal service. 3. In order to ensure this system of e-waste diversion has high participation, effective communication about the program must occur through online channels, bulletin boards and meetings. 4. Guidelines for e-waste management should be developed and disseminated amongst YVR staff and tenants.

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