MONTREAL, July 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Québec Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA-Québec) is pleased to announce that, as of July 14, 2013, more electronic products have been added to the list of products accepted in the approximately 450 authorized drop-off points in its network.
"There are now over a hundred electronic products in twelve categories that may be recovered and recycled thanks to our program. That's twice as many as when the Regulation came into force in July 2012," said Dominique Levesque, Executive Director of EPRA-Québec.
Under what we call Phase II of Québec's Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises, a number of other electronic products were added to the list of covered products, including video game consoles and their peripherals, servers, radios, digital cameras, video cameras, GPS devices and home theatre systems.
It should be noted that, although these end-of-life electronic products are already accepted free of charge by all authorized drop-off points in EPRA-Québec's network, environmental handling fees, or EHFs, will only be applied to new products as of August 1, 2013.
"As was the case for Phase I in October 2012, we based EHFs on the costs of recovering and recycling in each category of products, in particular. The fees collected as part of our program enable us to provide Québec residents and businesses, no matter where they are located in the province, with an extensive network of authorized drop-off points where they may bring their end-of-life electronics in full confidence that the items will not end up in landfills or be illegally exported to developing countries, but, instead, environmentally recycled," added Ms. Levesque.
Addresses for authorized drop-off points as well as information on covered electronic products and related EHFs are available on EPRA-Québec's website (recycleMYelectronics.ca/qc).
The Québec Program for the Recovery and Reclamation of Electronic Products was introduced on July 14, 2012, under the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises. The application of an environmental handling fee, or EHF, on new electronic products covered by the Regulation, supports the financing of drop-off points throughout Quebec as well as covers the costs of collecting, transporting, recovering and reclaiming electronics. These products will be sent for reuse, refurbishment and/or recycling to enterprises approved by EPRA's Recycler Qualification Office (www.rqp.ca).
As a recognized industry-led not-for-profit organization, EPRA-Québec provides an approved environmental compliance program for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of electronics marketed in Quebec. It is responsible for implementing and operating, on behalf of its stewards, a responsible program for the recovery and reclamation of electronic products in accordance with standards established by EPRA and the requirements of the Quebec Product Stewardship Program for End-of-Life Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
SOURCE: Québec Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA-Québec)
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