Ontario electronics recycling program set to expand

August 19, 2009
by Purchasingb2b staff

Toronto—Businesses and consumers will be able to recycle more electronic devices as the Ontario Electronic Stewardship prepares to launch phase two of its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program.

The expanded program—set to begin April 2010—will allow cell phones, cameras, audio-visual equipment, speakers, radios and other electronics to be taken to designated collection sites to be recycled.

Phase one of the program already collects TVs, laptop and desktop computers, desktop printers and fax machines.

"The first phase of the program, launched April 1, has already collected over 4,800 tonnes of unwanted electronics," said Carol Hochu, executive director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

There are currently 262 collectors and four approved processors participating in the program, along with transportation and handling firms. The expanded program, in addition to adding more types of devices, will also provide new options and increased flexibility, according to organizers.

The WEEE plan requires brand owners, first importers and assemblers to pay fees on designated electrical and electronic equipment supplied into the Ontario market. The fees pay for collection, transportation, reuse and recycling of the collected WEEE devices, and also covers research and development, consumer education and program administration.

—Photo: Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen and Carol Hochu, executive director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship, pictured at the launch of phase one of the program in the spring. (CNW Group/Ontario Electronic Stewards)