On Our Radar: Checking in on the electronics recycling program

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July 2013
The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) announces it has partnered with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) to launch a provincewide program that will see a range of electronic products being accepted by recycling depots, including radios, desktop and laptop computers, camcorders and televisions.

A collection of e-waste. — TC Media file photo

 (The provincial government actually made amendments in 2012 to the waste management regulations to include an “industry-led electronics recycling plan” to set stricter guidelines for the disposal of electronics.)

   Newfoundland and Labrador is the ninth province to implement such a program, leaving New Brunswick as the final province without end-of-life electronic recycling, also known as e-waste. Two provinces, Ontario and Alberta, have their own independent recycling programs, while EPRA manages the other seven.

Aug. 1, 2013

The ability to recycle end-of-life electronics comes into effect.

   The funds come from environmental handling fees paid by consumers when an electronic device is purchased.

   The fees range from 45 cents for items such as MP3 players to $42.50 for large televisions or display monitors.

   There are 14 recycling depots across the province being used as drop-off centres — locations in Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Mount Pearl, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Port aux Basques, St. Anthony, Port au Choix, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Wabush and two locations in St. John’s.

   Approved electronics are accepted at the depots free of charge (as the consumer has already paid the fee at time of purchase.)

   According to the EPRA website, some collectors may offer value-added services, such as data destruction or home pickup, for a fee.

   Everything collected must be shipped to Quebec for proper dismantling and recycling.

The Telegram has been

following this story for

Almost

3 months

What we want to know: How is it working so far?

Terry Greene, program director for EPRA Newfoundland and Labrador, said that in the roughly 2.5 months of initial operation, 65 tonnes of end-of life-electronics have been turned in across the province. About 60 per cent of the e-waste was brought to depots in the Avalon region, where the largest population is concentrated.

“It is a reasonably good uptake on the program so far,” Greene said Friday.

The target is 1,000 tonnes for the first 12 months.

Peak collection times are when school starts up — as new electronics are being bought, old ones are dropped off, right after Christmas and when people do their spring cleanups.

It’s estimated that 2,500 tonnes of electronics are tossed away within the province each year. Greene said if the recycling program can hit the target of collecting 1,000 tonnes in its first year, it can reasonably build on the uptake by five or 10 per cent a year after that.

Organizations: EPRA Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario Alberta Bay Roberts Carbonear Mount Pearl Corner Brook Port aux Basques St. Anthony Port au Choix Happy Valley Goose Bay Quebec Avalon

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  • Alnor Industries
    October 24, 2013 - 03:39

    As a Newfoundlander myself it is nice to see a electronics recycling program in effect back home. I work for Alnor Industries in Mississauga and we offer E-Waste recycling for home waste to large business e waste check us out if you are in Ontario. I hope the program in Newfoundland goes well.