Electronics Recycling in Waterloo

Does your Waterloo business have outdated or broken computers, tablets, smartphones or other electronic devices that are no longer in use? Quantum can help you dispose of your e-waste safely and securely using our environmentally-friendly and certified process. We offer e-waste recycling services to businesses in Waterloo and the surrounding areas. Businesses in Waterloo have three options to get in touch with us (see below) to ensure that their old electronics are safely and securely recycled in a process that complies with all provincial and federal regulations.

How businesses can recycle electronics in Waterloo

Call 416-222-1773 and speak to a representative
Use the form below to send a pickup request
Speak to a live agent using our chat box

How does e-waste recycling work?

Quantum is a fully audited electronics recycling company, compliant to the most stringent standards in the world. Our processes have been developed to minimize waste and maximize value and security. We operate state-of-the-art reuse and recycling systems that safely, securely and transparently break down your old equipment into its reusable components and recycled commodities.

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What types of electronics can be recycled in Waterloo

Laptop Computers

Portable computing device



Smartphones and other mobile devices



Multi-purpose portable device


Desktop Computers

Stationary computing device



High capacity stationary computing device


CRT Monitors

Old display technology format


LCD/LED Monitors

Flat panel display technology


CRT Televisions

Old display technology format


Plasma TVs

Original flat panel display technology



Flat panel display technology


Rear Projection TVs

Old style large screen TV format



Floormodel device that copies documents


Desktop Printers

Small enough to fit on a desk


Thermal Printers

Often used in POS systems for receipt printing


Multifunction Printers (MFP)

Desktop or floor model printer


Toner and Ink Cartridges

Disposal cartridge containing ink


Professional AV Equipment

High grade recording equipment


Mixed Cables

Cables and wires used to connect


Mixed Batteries

Portable power supplies


Fax Machines

Sends scans of documents via telephone


Mice and Keyboards

Used to input data into a computing device


Home Theatre

Consumer grade surround sound system


Stereo Systems

Device for playing audio


Electronic Accessories

An essential or useful auxiliary item


Network Equipment

An essential or useful auxiliary item


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your end-of-life IT assets

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Need some questions answered first?

How do I dispose of electronics in Waterloo?

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Is there a cost for recycling electronics with Quantum?

How can I ensure my data is secure?

Can we arrange for regular collection of our recyclable electronic devices and equipment?

What happens to recycled electronics in Waterloo?

What items can I recycle with Quantum?

What does ITAD mean?

Do you provide certificates of recycling/data destruction?

What can I do with my old TV in Waterloo?

Quantum can also destroy your data

Serialized Certificate of Destruction with every load
Secure chain of custody including GPS enabled fleet, locking cargo holds and optional direct delivery and seal verification
Onsite shredding at your facility, while you watch, for the ultimate peace of mind

The electronic waste problem in Waterloo

Waterloo has a population of 113,520, generating 1,135,200 lbs of e-waste annually.
There are more than 1,850 manufacturing companies in the Waterloo Metropolitan Area, spanning a diverse array of sectors including aerospace, robotics, automotive, food processing, plastics, and fabricated metals.
The Waterloo region has one of the best startup ecosystems in the world, with more than 1,100 startups in the city in 2020, giving it the second-highest density of startup businesses globally after Silicon Valley.

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Did you know?

So much of what we consume every year goes to waste. Quantum is looking to change that.

  • E-waste is a significant source of rare earth elements like neodymium and dysprosium, which are essential for manufacturing high-tech products like smartphones, electric vehicle batteries, and renewable energy technology.
  • Electronic waste from North America is often illegally dumped in developing countries. In fact, the town of Guiyu in China was called the e-waste capital of the world because of the large quantities that are dumped there.
  • Only 14% of e-waste in Canada is collected and recycled properly according to data from the Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership.
  • The average smartphone is replaced every 2-3 years, while computers are often replaced every 3-5 years. This fast turnover of electronics contributes to the growing e-waste problem.

Quantum services the following areas in Waterloo

  • Beechwood
  • Clair Hills
  • Colonial Acres
  • Columbia Forest
  • Eastbridge
  • Glenridge
  • Lakeshore
  • Laurelwood
  • Lexington and University Downs
  • Lincoln Heights
  • Lincoln Village
  • Maple Hills
  • University
  • Upper Beechwood
  • Uptown Waterloo
  • Vista Hills
  • Westmount
  • Westvale

Recycling Your E-Waste in Waterloo

The manufacturing sector is big in Waterloo, generating revenues exceeding $6 billion a year and employing around 18.6% of the labor force. The region has also become known as a startup hub for eastern Canada, with the Kitchener-Waterloo area among the strongest startup ecosystems globally. While all of this is good news for the local economy, it also means the region uses a lot of electronics and machinery that ends up as e-waste when its usable life is done. Recycling these items, instead of throwing them in the garbage, helps to keep the Waterloo region a beautiful place to live.

Computer Recycling in Waterloo

About half of Canadian households own a desktop PC, while 78% own at least one laptop. With the rise in remote work and education, computers have become a necessary tool for many. They’re so pervasive that many people don’t think about how many components go into making one. From the glass used in monitors to the gold and other precious metals employed in circuit boards and other interior components, there are lots of materials in a computer that shouldn’t end up in a landfill. Proper disposal of desktops, laptops, and accessories like printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, and batteries, ensures these materials don’t go to waste or contaminate the environment.

Recycling Smartphones in Waterloo

Even more people own cell phones than own computers–roughly 94% of Canada’s population, based on the latest data. Smartphones get replaced more often than computers, too, with the average person replacing their phone every 1-2 years. Quantum works with communities and businesses across Ontario to recycle phones, along with their chargers and batteries, in the safest and most efficient way.

Handling Business E-Waste in Waterloo

The many manufacturing and technology companies in the Kitchener-Waterloo area often face a different challenge than residents when it comes to disposing of electronics. Not only do they often have bulky, large items to recycle, they can have a lot of them to get rid of–and many of these devices store sensitive or proprietary information. Quantum thinks about all of these details in our business electronic recycling services. Our NAID-certified data destruction service ensures the security of your end-of-life IT assets, while our free pickup services make it convenient to get rid of all of your unwanted or outdated devices.

Why Recycle Your E-Waste in Waterloo?

Electronic waste is the fastest-growing waste stream globally. It’s also among the most harmful types of waste. While e-waste currently makes up only around 2% of the trash in landfills, it’s responsible for around 70% of the toxic waste they produce. Recycling your e-waste with Quantum helps to tackle this growing problem, safeguarding our precious natural resources and environment.

Quantum Helps Recycle Waterloo E-Waste

Our goal at Quantum is to make recycling electronics easy. If you just have a device or two to dispose of, you can bring it to the closest recycling location. For larger orders, customers can schedule a pick-up or even organize a collection event for their community. Whatever your electronics recycling needs, contact Quantum today to find out how we can help.

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