Recycling Computers And TVs To Get Easier

    McGuinty Government Approves Waste Electronics Diversion Program

    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ -


    Beginning next spring, Ontarians will be able to take old computers,
monitors, printers and televisions to hundreds of locations across the
province thanks to a new electronics diversion program developed by Waste
Diversion Ontario.
    The plan, approved by Environment Minister John Gerretsen, includes 420
drop-off locations in year one, up from the current 167, and more than 650 in
year five. Drop off locations, free to the public, will include charities,
municipal depots and recycling companies.
    Ontario's e-waste diversion program will be the first in Canada to set
environmental performance targets for collection, reuse, recycling and
accessibility. Currently, about 27 per cent of e-waste is reused or recycled,
a number that's set to more than double to 61 per cent by year five.
    One of the most important components of the program is that it will
manage electronic waste from businesses.


    "Ontarians need options for getting rid of their used electronics," said
Environment Minister John Gerretsen. "Far too many computers, printers and
televisions, along with their toxic components, end up in landfills and that's
got to end."
    "This is another example of industry and government working together
toward a common goal of environmental stewardship," said Waste Diversion
Ontario Chair Gemma Zecchini. "Our plan builds on the producer responsibility
programs already in place for Blue Box materials and the hazardous or special
waste programs."


    -  For the first time in Ontario, industry will pay 100 per cent of the
       costs of the diversion program. Stewards pay 50 per cent of the Blue
       Box program, and about 80 per cent of the municipal hazardous or
       special waste program.

    -  The costs to manufacturers, brand owners or importers of the products
       work out to about $13 for a desktop computer and $10 for a TV.

    -  Ontario households and businesses throw out about 90,000 tonnes of old
       computers, printers and televisions each year. Best estimates suggest
       that in five years the amount will grow to 123,000 tonnes, which
       represents about four million desktop computers, 1.5 million portable
       computers, 1.2 million monitors, 2.2 million TVs and 1.5 million

    -  Until the program is up and running in the spring, consumers should
       call their local municipalities to see what options are available to
       them for recycling their old electronics.


    -  See the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program
       ( from Ontario
       Electronic Stewardship, the industry funding organization set up by
       Waste Diversion Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: John Karapita, Minister's Office, (416)
314-6736; John Steele, Ministry of the Environment, (416) 314-6666

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