Ethical and Accesible E-Waste Recycling at UC Berkeley

Project Leads: Jenny Chiu

Sponsor: Zero Waste Research Center (ZWRC)

TGIF Grant: $7,500.00

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This project seeks to implement and institutionalize a streamlined e-waste recycling system on campus where none was accessible to students before. Student staff will spearhead an education campaign detailing the environment and economic impacts of e-waste, meant to support the campus-wide Zero Waste by 2020 goals. The recycling system is meant to be modular, and will be highly responsive to feedback from facilities, faculty, students, and other stakeholders. 


  • Our three main objectives are (1) to pilot an ethical and accessible e-waste recycling program at UC Berkeley, (2) to promote a circular economy and to increase landfill diversion under the campus-wide Zero Waste by 2020 Goal, and (3) to create an education campaign that will raise student awareness and increase their sense of responsibility about the environmental and social implications of e-waste. 

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.