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;
- 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.
- Work actively to improve the environment and respect human rights in the communities operated in.
- Minimize health and safety impacts for people involved in manufacturing, operation and disposal of items;
- 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.
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.