Let’s make the world a better place!

STEAM Centre’s re//BUILD.IT program believes in reuse before recycle. We take in a wide range of electronics equipment and do our very best to give it a new a purpose. If our staff, volunteers, and makers can’t reuse the equipment or parts, we ensure the materials are recycled properly! 

Every three months we offer re//BUILD.IT for Teens & Adults. Participants learn how computers work by taking them apart and putting them back together again! If the computers work when they are done, students can either take them home or donate them to a local community member or service. Limit: 1 PC per student per year.

With closures to schools, centres and libraries, hundreds of people are disconnected from our digitally driven world. To support those in need, STEAM Centre has created re//BUILD.IT Community.

The program refurbishes donated end-of-life or unwanted computers and provides them to students, Indigenous communities and people with limited income who are without access to essential tech.

re//BUILD.IT Community is also reducing the environmental impact of electronic waste in the most effective way by extending the life of computers.



How it works:

Contact the STEAM Centre team at info@steameducation.ca to make a request.

A Program Coordinator will help to assess your needs and eligibility. When equipment is ready, you will be contacted by a Program Coordinator to make arrangements for pick-up.

We believe in reuse before recycle.

What is inside a computer? How does it go together?

Discover how the mysterious black box that we use for everything from gaming to design to communicating with Friends works!

Learn what components make up a computer, and how to rebuild it to bring it back to life! You decide how many instructor-facilitated sessions you need to complete your PC.

Most students take three sessions to complete their PC. Ages 10-17.


Our workshops are currently closed. Follow STEAM Education Centres on Instagram to keep informed.

To date, STEAM Centre has collected over 300,000 lbs. of electronic waste to be used in our education programs!

Looking to add a bin in your location? Contact us today!

Bin Locations

STEAM Centre’s re//BUILD.IT program serves Elgin County! The program is suspending currently but this fall, e-waste collection bins will once again be available at select Elgin County Library locations for the community to drop off eRecycling.

Belmont Library

14134 Belmont Rd.,
Belmont, ON

John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library

236 Shackleton St.,
Dutton, ON

Southwold Township Library

35921 Talbot Line
Shedden, ON

West Lorne Library

160A Main St.,
West Lorne, Ontario

Springfield Library

12105 Whittaker Rd.,
Springfield, ON

Please Note: All e-waste bins have been removed until the program resumes Fall 2020.

We accept the following items:

  • Tube TVs
  • FlatscreenTVs
  • Computer monitors (Flat screen & CRT)
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Printers, scanners, fax machines
  • Microwaves
  • Modems & routers
  • Cellphones & telephones
  • Computer towers
  • Cords
  • Batteries (rechargeable & non-recharge- able)
  • Satellite receivers, cable boxes, home entertainment units, etc.
  • Printer cartridges
  • Radios
  • Blenders & food processors
  • VCRs & DVD players
  • Laptops
  • Stereos
  • Speakers
  • Vacuums
  • Power tools
  • Tablets
  • Gaming consoles & peripherals