Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship (ACES) Expands to Become Canada's Most Comprehensive Electronics Recycling Program



    ACES program expands to accept wide array of audio-video and
    telecommunication products in Nova Scotia

    TRURO, NS, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Nova Scotia now has the broadest electronics
recycling program in Canada, with an expanded list of more than 40 additional
electronics products. The ACES program, which allows consumers and businesses
to drop-off unwanted electronics free of charge, is expanding to recycle
products such as home and vehicle stereos, VCRs, telephones, DVD and MP3
players.
    Effective February 1, 2009, the ACES program, which has already recycled
more than 2000 metric tonnes of unwanted TV's, computers and desktop printers,
will expand to include these broad product categories:

    
    - Personal or Portable Audio/Video Playback Systems
    - Vehicle Audio Systems (Aftermarket)
    - Home Audio/Video Systems
    - Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) Systems
    - Non-Cellular Telephones

    This expansion coincides with the first anniversary of the program and the
opening of its 33 ACES Drop-off Centres throughout Nova Scotia.
    "The successful first year of the ACES Program demonstrates Nova Scotia's
commitment to responsible recycling practices for electronics," says ACES
Board Chair, Sean DeVries of Panasonic. "The inclusion of these additional
products will help build on this momentum and divert even more electronics
from Nova Scotia's landfills."
    The ACES Program was created by the electronics and retail industries to
manage the recycling of electronic products regulated by the Government of
Nova Scotia and banned from municipal landfills. Under a two-stage process,
provincial legislation regulated additional products starting February 1,
2009.
    "Nova Scotia is pleased to have the most extensive electronics waste
recycling programs in Canada, said David Morse, Minister of Environment. "I
want to congratulate Canada's electronic industry for their commitment toward
environmental stewardship and for their continued support in helping Nova
Scotia be one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world."
    At the end of 2008, the ACES Program had collected more than 2000 metric
tonnes of electronics for recycling. That is the equivalent of loading a 53
foot tractor trailer 200 times with regulated electronic products.
    "ACES is committed to responsible recycling and preventing the illegal
export of electronics to developing nations by following the standards set by
the Recycling Vendor Qualification Standard Program. By combining ACES'
commitment with Nova Scotia's enthusiasm for recycling, we have a formula for
environmental success," says DeVries.

    Environmental Handing Fees

    Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) for the expanded list of electronics
products have been established. These fees will be charged on the purchase of
all new products effective February 1, 2009 and are formulated to reflect the
true cost of collection, transportation and responsible recycling.

    Category                                                             EHF
    --------                                                             ---

    Personal or Portable Audio/Video Playback Systems                  $0.40

    Vehicle Audio Systems (Aftermarket)                                $2.75

    Home Audio/Video Systems                                           $3.50

    Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) Systems                                $6.00

    Non-Cellular Telephones                                            $0.85
    

    For a full list of products covered please visit www.ACEStewardship.ca

    About Atlantic Canada Electronic Stewardship (ACES) Program

    Atlantic Canada Electronic Stewardship (ACES) Program is a non-profit
association representing brand owners, manufacturers, retailers and other
stakeholders who are committed to collecting and recycling electronic waste in
an environmentally responsible manner. Accountable for all aspects of the Nova
Scotia Electronics Recycling Program, ACES operates 33 independently owned
ACES Drop-Off Centres throughout the province. ACES is Nova Scotia's leading
provider of environmentally sound and socially responsible management
practices for end-of-life electronic products. Its goal is to divert
end-of-life electronic products from export or landfill in full compliance to
local, provincial and federal requirements. For more information visit
www.ACEStewardship.ca or call 1-877-774-3260.




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Myrick, Manager, Communications, RRFB Nova
Scotia, (902) 897-3253, jmyrick@rrfb.com

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