Electronics and Appliances

The following are purchasing criteria when purchasing and/or leasing computers, MFDS, and other electronic products.

  • Meet the most recent ENERGY STAR certification with preference to the MOST efficient ENERGY STAR certification;
  • Meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) silver or higher standards;
  • Meet municipal, provincial and federal laws, rules and regulations;
  • For imaging equipment, all products should be received with duplexing as the default and all product(s) should have duplexing capabilities;
  • Provide goods and components that are non-toxic or minimally toxic, and preferably biodegradable;
  • Vendors should use minimal packaging that is recyclable and/or arranges for packaging and printer cartridges taken back for reuse;

Vendors should:

  1. Meet employment standards such as no forced and child labour, protection of health and safety, and ensure that wages and working hours meet legally mandated minimums and industry standards.
  2. Work actively to improve the environment and respect human rights in the communities operated in.
  3. Minimize health and safety impacts for people involved in manufacturing, operation and disposal of items;
  4. Have a written sustainability policy, plan, and program that address issues such as energy, waste, CO2 emissions, water, local economic development, and community building.

Dalhousie's Paper Policy [265 - KB] outlines that the purchasing of single user printers should be limited. Employees should be connected to multi-functional devices. If single use machines are required, they should be purchased from an approved list of suppliers that meet sustainability standards.

Toner Recycling:

Konica Minolta offers a toner cartridge recycling program. Empty toner cartridges can be placed in the box they came in, when the box is full, you can download a pre-paid postage label and return through UPS delivery. 

For Staples Advantage E-way purchases, the Staples delivery driver will accept cartridges for recycling when they are onsite to deliver new supplies.