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Tours of E-waste Handling Facilities

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Oct 25, 11am-12pm @ FCM Recycling (1020 Cliveden Ave, Delta, BC) Free  
Oct 25, 1pm-2pm @ GEEP (10281 Grace Rd, Surrey, BC) Free  

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Tours of E-waste Handling Facilities

You handed off your old computer for recycling, but where will it go and what will happen to it?

Come for a walking tour of two different facilities--FCM Recycling and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP).

Wednesday, October 25

Tour 1: 10:45am-12pm at FCM Recycling ()

Tour 2: 12:45pm-2pm at GEEP ()


Our discarded smartphones, TVs, remote control cars, microwaves, vaccuum cleaners, and other electronic devices pass through such sites when we're done with them. Facilities like FCM and GEEP are places where the materials and value of waste electronics are transformed. Come experience a sliver of this complex economy of waste, through which devices are reassesed, sent to be refurbished, dissassembled, pulverized and melted back to primary materials.


 Important notes:

  • First come, first served. Tours are free, but space is limited.
  • Please reserve a ticket for each location you'd like to visit.
    There are two tours
    , taking place at two different locations. First one is at FCM; second is at GEEP. 
  • All attendees will be required to sign a non-disclosure statement before partaking in each tour.
  • Please arrive on time. Tours start sharp!
  • Free parking is available on the FCM and GEEP premises.
  • Please contact education@vivomediaarts if you are looking to carpool--if you have extra seats or need a ride.


Questions? Email


Topics that may be covered during the tours include:

  • the technical procedures that take place at the facility

  • how different machines work

  • difficulties encountered during the work

  • what the different positions employed at the facility are, and what it's like for various employees to work there

  • the history of the facility and how the present location was chosen over other potential places

  • the routes that discarded electronics take to get to the facility and where they go when they leave

  • the environmental implications of the work done



About the facilities

FCM and GEEP are two of only a handful of BC electronics recyclers audited and certified through the Recycler Qualification Program run by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (, a not-for-profit, industry-led organization that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada.

Read more about these facilities on the company websites:

FCM Recycling:









Further viewing / reading:

The Story Of Electronics:

The Cathode Ray Tube's Strange Afterlife -- An Object Lesson in how presumed-dead technology lives on:

Electronic Waste Is Piling Up. Here’s Why You Should Care:

See other e-waste related events happening at VIVO:

Have questions about Tours of E-waste Handling Facilities? Contact VIVO Media Arts

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FCM Recycling & GEEP (read description regarding addresses)



VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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