Provincial electronics recycling program to be established

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Those outdated electronics taking up space and collecting dust in your home — often referred to as e-waste — will soon be able to be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner, the provincial government announced today.

A news release notes that amendments have been made to the Waste Management Regulations under the province’s Environmental Protection Act in order to introduce an industry-led electronics recycling program.

 In Newfoundland and Labrador, it is estimated that households generate 1,551 tons of e-waste and the institutional, commercial and industrial sector generates 1,055 tons, annually. E-waste includes items such as computers, televisions, cell phones and printers that are no longer usable.

“Electronics contain dangerous metals and contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and other potentially hazardous materials that can create environmental hazards if not recycled or disposed of in a responsible manner,” said Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

“Proper management of e-waste through an industry-led electronics recycling program is an important step forward for waste management in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will bring the province another step closer to achieving the 50 per cent waste reduction goal of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.”

 The new e-waste program will take an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach, meaning that electronics manufacturers will be responsible for their products from the point of production through to post-consumer recycling. Electronics manufacturers have 120 days to submit a detailed stewardship plan to the MMSB outlining their proposed recycling program for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Organizations: Waste Management Regulations, Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Jack
    November 02, 2012 - 21:01

    Jim Cornish, since other provinces with e-waste recycling programs often charge a levy on cell phones, televisions, computer, video game consoles, computer peripherals, dvds, stereos, and even electronic exercise equipment, and the fact that Newfoundland and Labrador Government has not properly delivered on previous recycling commitments like plastic bottles and milk cartons, such a levy will be another "tax grab".

  • Jack
    November 02, 2012 - 10:43

    While an e-waste recycling program is a great idea, I hope that the Newfoundland and Labrador Government will not follow the same path as other provinces in charging in charging levies on electronic products like televisions, computers, video game consoles, telephones, computer peripherals (printers), cell phones. In other provinces, notably Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, anytime you purchase an electronic product, you have to pay a mandatory e-waste levy. Otherwise, imposing a levy which doesn't truly go to Newfoundland and Labrador's recycling programs in the past is just another tax grab.

  • Jim Cornish
    November 02, 2012 - 10:39

    This is a long overdue, although I suspect making manufacturers responsible might be rather complicated. While computers carry brand names (Dell, HP, Toshiba etc), their components (mother boards, hard drives, DVD players/burners) are often a who's who in the computer electronics industry. How will this play out? One way to handle this is like used tires. The consumer pays a recycling fee on tire purchases and returns the product to a retailer for disposable. I'd have no problem with that approach.