Ontario Electronic Stewardship ready to expand electronics recycling program: applauds Minister's approval of phase two plan



    Cell phones, cameras, audio-visual equipment to be added April 1, 2010

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Ontario Electronic Stewardship is ready to
expand the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program to collect
a wider range of electronic devices for recycling, Executive Director, Carol
Hochu said today in response to the news that Environment Minister John
Gerretsen has approved the second phase of the program.
    The expanded program - set to begin on April 1, 2010 - means that
Ontarians will be able to take cell phones, cameras, audio-visual equipment,
speakers, radios and many other electronics to designated collection sites to
be recycled.
    Phase one of the program already collects televisions, laptop and desktop
computers, desktop printers and fax machines. For these electronics, consumers
can go to a website, www.dowhatyoucan.ca, to find their nearest collection
location.
    "We are very excited that our plan to add more waste electrical and
electronic equipment to our program next year has been approved by the
Minister," said Ms. Hochu. "The first phase of the program, launched April 1,
has already collected over 4800 tonnes of unwanted electronics."
    The industry-developed and operated WEEE program plan has had great
success since it began over four months ago.  In the first quarter, 4800
tonnes of WEEE have been collected.  There are currently 262 collectors and
four approved processors participating, along with many transportation and
handling firms.  The revised program plan expands the program not only to
include more materials - 44 materials in total - but also provides new options
and increased flexibility for stewards and service providers alike.
    "OES has successfully developed a strong and growing network of
collection sites and events, and steward partnerships to provide convenient
opportunities for individual consumers and businesses to reuse and recycle
their WEEE" said Hochu. "More items accepted means that more of these
materials will be kept out of Ontario's landfills resulting in greater
protection of the environment."
    The program will begin accepting the additional WEEE items commencing
April 1, 2010. Consumers can find their nearest WEEE collection site or event
by going to www.dowhatyoucan.ca and searching by municipality, by postal code,
or by material type.

    OES is a not-for-profit organization formed by leading retail,
information technology and consumer electronic companies to implement the WEEE
Program Plan under the Waste Diversion Act, and is responsible for developing
and implementing the WEEE Program Plan, in co-operation with Waste Diversion
Ontario. The plan requires brand owners, first importers and assemblers to pay
fees on designated electrical and electronic equipment supplied into the
Ontario market. These fees pay for collection, transportation, reuse and
recycling of the collected WEEE as well as research and development, consumer
education and program administration.

    Learn More
    www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca
    www.dowhatyoucan.ca
    www.wdo.ca


    Media Backgrounder

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program is a waste
diversion plan to channel unwanted electronic equipment such as computers and
televisions into reuse and recycling programs to keep them out of landfill
sites. Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) developed the program with
stakeholder input and began implementing Phase 1 on April 1, 2009. Phase 2 of
the program will take effect April 1, 2010 bringing the list of WEEE that can
be diverted from landfill to 44 items.

    How did this program get started?

    Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is the non-crown corporation created under
the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 to oversee development, implementation and
operation of programs to increase diversion of materials designated under the
Act including blue box recyclables, municipal hazardous or special waste, used
tires as well as electrical and electronic equipment waste.
    In June 2007, the Minister of the Environment directed WDO to develop a
WEEE program in phases, to establish an industry funding organization, and to
submit a Phase 1 WEEE plan by February 2008. As requested, OES developed the
Phase 1 program plan, which was approved by the Minister in July 2008 and
launched on April 1, 2009.
    Websites: www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca and www.wdo.ca

    Who is Ontario Electronic Stewardship?

    OES is a not-for-profit organization formed by leading retail,
information technology and consumer electronic companies to develop the WEEE
Program Plan under the Waste Diversion Act, and is responsible for
implementing the WEEE Program, in co-operation with Waste Diversion Ontario.
The plan requires brand owners, first importers and assemblers to pay fees on
designated electrical and electronic equipment supplied into the Ontario
market. These fees pay for collection, transportation, reuse and recycling of
the collected WEEE as well as research and development, consumer education and
program administration.

    What electrical and electronic equipment is included in the program?

    The program is being implemented in phases. The first two phases
include(*):
    
    -  Computers - desktop and laptop
    -  Computer peripherals such as mice, keyboards, disk drives
    -  Monitors
    -  Printer devices (desktop)
    -  Fax machines
    -  Televisions
    -  Copiers
    -  Scanners
    -  Telephones
    -  Cameras
    -  Audio-visual equipment

    (*) complete list attached
    

    What are the objectives of the WEEE program?

    The WEEE program, comprised of phases one and two, maps out a plan to
collect over 46,000 tonnes of WEEE in the 2010 fiscal year rising to 84,700
tonnes annually in year five.
    The overall priority of the program is to promote reuse and recycling of
unwanted electronics and to encourage consumers and industrial, commercial and
industrial users to take electronics to OES certified collection sites.
Consumers may choose to direct electronic equipment that is still working and
usable to reuse programs. Electronics that are at the end of their useful life
will be directed to processing facilities where many of the components, e.g.,
steel, glass, copper, aluminum, plastics and precious metals, can be recovered
and recycled.

    How does the WEEE program work?

    The stewards, i.e. the brand owners, first importers into Ontario and the
companies that assemble electronic equipment, want to ensure their products
are handled properly from the beginning to the end of their life cycle. In
April 2009, these companies began reporting and paying fees to OES based on
the amount and type of electrical and electronic products they supply into the
Ontario marketplace.
    OES is responsible for ensuring obligated industries participate in the
program as well as overseeing and paying costs associated with collection,
transportation, processing and recycling of the materials.

    
    The money raised from industry is used to:

    -  Increase the number of collection locations and opportunities for
       consumers to drop off their unwanted electrical and electronic
       equipment for reuse or recycling
    -  Manage the materials collected in an environmentally-responsible
       manner and reduce the amount going to landfill or going to countries
       where health and environmental standards are lower than in Ontario
    -  Support research and development activities
    -  Implement consumer information and education programs
    

    How is WEEE collected and handled?

    The WEEE program provides for a province-wide network of certified
collection sites where consumers can take unwanted electronics. These include
municipalities and private and non-profit organizations (e.g., retailers,
existing second-hand material collection organizations, waste management and
recycling companies). OES certifies collection locations on an ongoing basis.
Under the OES program collectors receive an incentive fee of $165/tonne for
their collection services.
    WEEE collected under the program will be reused, refurbished for reuse,
or recycled to recover valuable scrap materials. The exact destination for
collected WEEE depends largely on where consumers choose to send their
unwanted electronics. WEEE sent to a reuse or refurbishment organization may
be reused for a second life with a new consumer. WEEE that is damaged or that
doesn't have any reuse value will go to an end-of-life processor to ensure
that any valuable material components are captured for recycling. The small
amount of non-value scrap materials remaining will be disposed of properly.

    
    How do consumers find collection sites for waste electrical and
    electronic equipment?
    

    Consumers can find the closest location to take unwanted WEEE, including
collection sites operated by municipalities and private sector and community
service organizations by logging on to www.dowhatyoucan.ca (and choosing
"electronics").
    On this site - named Do What You Can to recognize that we can all do more
to help improve the environment through the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) -
people can search by municipality, by postal code and by product.
    The Do What You Can website also has a section that provides collection
locations for household hazardous or special waste such as paint, oil filters,
automotive antifreeze, non-rechargeable batteries and empty propane cylinders.

    Other WEEE partners: collectors, transporters and processors.

    There are currently 262 collection points in Ontario to handle WEEE.
Collectors include private business, for profit and non-profit organizations,
and municipalities. OES has certified 42 Ontario municipalities serving nearly
66% of the households in Ontario in year one. Many municipalities have
collected waste electronics for years.
    Forty-two Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Toronto, the GTA, Southwestern,
North Central and Eastern Ontario have joined the OES program to accept WEEE.
Because OES pays for transportation and recycling costs and pays an incentive
of $165/tonne for collection services, the Salvation Army will be able to
direct more of its revenues to community services such as women's shelters and
addiction rehabilitation programs.
    Staples Canada continues to pilot a take-back program in 19 stores across
southwest Ontario that began during the launch of Phase 1.

    More about the 3Rs.

    The WEEE program promotes reuse of electronics and consumers are
encouraged to pass along electronics that still work to friends, family
members and neighbours. Some charities are also happy to accept working
equipment.
    Just because the equipment is no longer usable does not mean it is not
useful as many of the components such as steel, glass, copper, aluminum,
plastics and precious metals can be recovered and recycled.

    What you should do before you drop off your computer.

    All data should be backed up and drives wiped clean before passing on
computer equipment. Data wiping protects your data and can minimize
opportunities for identity theft. While there are organizations that will
provide this service for a fee, information is available online if you wish to
wipe your hard drives. The following websites are examples:

    www.microsoft.com/australia/smallbusiness/issues/technology/protect/hardd
rive.mspx
    www.eraseyourharddrive.com (a free download eraser tool recommended by PC
Magazine)
    http://pcs.suite101.com/article.cfm/wiping_your_computer_hard_drive
    http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/software/page5724.cfm

    For more information:

    Visit www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca
    Or, contact Ontario Electronic Stewardship customer service at
customerservice@ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca or by phone at 1-888-646-1820.

    
    MEDIA CONTACT

    Susan Logan, Communications, 647-777-3362
    Email: slogan@stewardedge.ca


    Materials Obligated under the Revised Phase 1 and 2 WEEE Program
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    Program Plan Material Categories  Phase 1 and 2 Materials included
                                      Ontario Regulation 393/04
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                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                      15. Monitor (CRT)
                                      16. Monitor (LCD)
                                      17. Monitor (Plasma)

    Display Devices                   Schedule 4
                                      ----------
                                      15. Television (CRT)
                                      16. Television (LCD)
                                      17. Television (Plasma)
                                      18. Television (Rear Projection)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                       9. Computer terminal
    Desktop Computers                 13. Microcomputer
                                      14. Minicomputer
                                      18. Personal computer (Desktop)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
    Portable Computers                20. Personal computer (Laptop)
                                      21. Personal computer (Notebook)
                                      22. Personal computer (Notepad)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                       5. CD-ROM drive
                                       6. Computer disk drive
    Computer Peripherals               7. Computer keyboard
                                       8. Computer mouse

                                      Schedule 3
                                      ----------
                                      11. Modem
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                      10. Copier
                                      25. Printer
    Printing, Copying and             27. Computer flatbed scanner
    Multi-Function Devices            29. Typewriter

                                      Schedule 3
                                      ----------
                                       6. Fax machine
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 3
                                      ----------
                                      17. Telephone (Cordless)
    Telephones and Telephone          18. Telephone (Wire line)
    Answering Machines                20. Telephone Answering Machine
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                      23. Personal Digital Assistant
                                          (cell-enabled)

                                      Schedule 3
    Cellular Devices and Pagers       ----------
                                      12. Pager
                                      16. Telephone (Cellular)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Schedule 2
                                      ----------
                                      19. Personal Handheld Computer
                                      23. Personal Digital Assistant
                                          (Non-cell-enabled)

                                      Schedule 4
                                      ----------
    Image, Audio and Video Devices     1. Amplifier
                                       2. Audio Player (tape, disk, digital)
                                       3. Audio Recorder (tape, disk,
                                          digital)
                                       4. Camera (film, tape, disk, digital)
                                       5. Equalizer
                                      10. Preamplifier
                                      12. Radio
                                      13. Receiver
                                      14. Speaker
                                      19. Tuner
                                      20. Turntable
                                      21. Video player or projector (tape,
                                          disk, digital)
                                      22. Video recorder (tape, disk,
                                          digital)
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For further information:

For further information: Susan Logan, Communications, (647) 777-3362,
slogan@stewardedge.ca

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