Electronic Recycling & Stewardship Programs

eCycle Solutions is a proud partner of many electronic and electrical stewardship programs across Canada. Every province in Canada has created legislation and regulations surrounding the recycling of electronic waste. These stewardship programs are designed to implement recycling programs for electronic devices that adhere to the highest environmental standards in the country. The goal is to create a sustainable, efficient system that encourages the recycling and refurbishment of electronic devices. Not only will this reduce the number of electronic devices that end up in landfills, but it helps promote environmentally-conscious practices when engineering, constructing, and disposing of electronic devices.

Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA)

Established in 1992, the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) is a not-for-profit organization that helps to manage electronics, paint, tire, and used oil recycling programs across Alberta. Since the inception of their Electronics Recycling Program in 2004, ARMA’s efforts have helped to recycle over nine million TVs, computers, and other electronic devices in Alberta alone. With 372 recycling depots and drop-off sites spread across the province, ARMA has helped create a sustainable system that encourages the reuse, refurbishment, and recycling of electronics. ARMA is also a vocal advocate for creating new and innovative production methods that reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals in electronics.

The organization collaborates with the Ministry of Environment & Parks and the Government of Alberta to identify areas where the province can improve their environmental regulations and create sustainable practices that are both responsible and economically viable. The Electronics Recycling Program also requires that Alberta residents pay a small fee on the purchase of new devices, which helps to fund the costs of recycling electronics. Not only does this give adequate funding for more comprehensive recycling programs, but it demonstrates the province’s commitment to developing sustainable practices that will conserve the environment and protect it from further pollution from electronic devices.

For more information about ARMA and their recycling programs, visit their website.

Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA)

The Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of a collection of retailers, manufacturers, importers, and distributors dedicated to keeping British Columbia landfills free of products that can be recycled, reused, or adapted for another use. Under the ElectroRecycle program, more than four million electronic devices have been diverted away from a landfill and found use in another fashion. Beyond TVs and computers, CESA encourages individuals to recycle literally any electronic product that can have a second life. From small appliances such as power tools to larger devices like home exercise equipment, virtually any electronic device can be dropped off and harvested for parts, recycled, or reused in another way.

The benefit of CESA is that, since its inception, the government has been able to coordinate with all levels of the distribution infrastructure to create a series of regulations that effectively dictate how the entire province recycles their electronics. CESA has helped create one consistent, sustainable system for recycling electronic devices, which has had an immensely positive impact on the environment in BC. Now, CESA is partnering with individuals businesses to ensure your electronic recycling needs are handled in a responsible and economical way.

For more information about CESA’s services and vision, explore their website.

Electronic Products Recycling Association (ERPA/ARPE)

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (ERPA) is a not-for-profit, industry-led organization that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada. They work to ensure that end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe and environmentally conscious manner. Through the efforts of ERPA programs, 100,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste is kept out of landfills each year.

ERPA provides authorized collection sites of end-of-life electronics, including drop-off centers, return-to-retail locations, and special collection events. ERPA has programs in over 2,000 locations across the country. These authorized collection sites help to keep old electronics out of landfills and prevent them from being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers. Collected electronics can then be sent to approved specialized recyclers for processing. Raw materials from the disposed of electronics, including glass, plastics, and precious metals, are recovered and put back into the manufacturing supply chain.

ERPA enables businesses and consumers to manage their electronics responsibly. Their mandate is to provide a national electronics end-of-life program for Canada, recognizing the unique needs of each Provincial Regulation and the appropriate stakeholders. EPRA fulfils their role as a government-approved electronic collection program facilitator on behalf of obligated stewards in nine provinces. Businesses selling regulated electronic products in these provinces can meet their compliance obligation by participating in the EPRA Program.

For more information about the Electronic Products Recycling Association, visit their website.

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES)

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is a not-for-profit organization that ensures the safe and secure handling and recycling of end-of-life electronics. Their regulated programs throughout Ontario have diverted 67 million devices from landfills since the program began in 2009. OES-authorized collection depots and return-to-retail locations are extensive. In fact, 96.5% of Ontarians are within 10km of a collection depot.

OES aims to protect the environment through responsible recycling practices, and only works with recyclers that have been audited and approved under the National Recycler Qualification Program (RQP). This means that OES recyclers are prohibited from illegally exporting recovered materials, and they are required to abide by enhanced worker health and safety regulations.

OES requires Stewards of designated Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) to register and comply with the provincial regulations as defined in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program Rules. This includes companies or organizations that reside in Ontario, Brand Owners, First Importers, Franchisors, and/or Assemblers of EEE, and suppliers of EEE. Ontario Electronic Stewardship’s electronic recycling program makes it easy for businesses, organizations, and Ontario residents to do what is best for the environment and help keep end-of-life electronics out of landfills.

For more information about OES and their regulated recycling program, visit their website.

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