E-Waste in Ontario

      Over the last year, government-owned Waste Diversion Ontario has been working on a plan for an industry funded waste diversion program for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE)                                                                     On January 14, 2008, a draft of Phase I of the Plan was released for public comment. A link to it is available at http://envirolaw.ca/.                                                                                                                                                                  Finalization for the Plan must be complete by March 31, 2008.The Minister of Environment has directed that Phase I will cover desktop and notebook computers, peripherals, monitors, printers/fax machines and televisions.  The hope is to recover 48 percent of Phase I e-waste the first year, and 65 percent by 2013. Phase II will deal with telephones, stereos, PDA’s, copiers, radios, speakers and cameras. Phase III will cover other electronics.

The Plan is likely to be funded through electronics manufacturers and vendors through a new non-profit corporation called Ontario Electronic Stewardship. The total cost is expected to be at least $48 million per year. Recovery of the costs may be possible through an extra charged when electronics are sold.

It is also possible, if commodity prices stay high, that the metal I old electronics could be worth enough to pay for their collection. Many devices contain copper and precious metals such as gold and silver. In a single year, roughly 1600 tons of copper, 35 tonnes of silver, 1.5 tonnes of palladium and 3.4 tonnes of gold could be recovered by recycling 100 million cell phones. These metals are valuable since they can be easily re-captured and have already been refined.                                  It is possible that electronic scrap could be more valuable than traditional scrap metals found in other products like cars. As a result, mining giant Xstrata PLC has become the world’s largest consumer of e-scrap: Teck Cominco is also considering refining e-waste.

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Some of the manufacturers that have recycling programs available are:

Apple’s Electronic Recycling Program                                                  (www.apple.com/environment/recycling/nationalervices/us.html)

Canon’s Clean Earth Compaign                                                                                                                      (www.canon.ca/english/index-thecleanearth.html)

Dell Recycling                                                                                      (www1.ca.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/dell_recyling?c=ca&cs=CADHSI&I=en&s=dhs)

HP Planet Partners                                                                                                  (http://h30248.www3.hp.com/recycle/ca/index.html?jumpid=recycle)

IBM Asset Recovery                                                                                                                                                                            (www-03.ibm.com/financing/ca/en/recovery/small/)

Lenovo’s Product Recycling Programs                                            www.pc.ibm.com/ww/lenovo/about/environment/ptb_canada.html)

Lexmark Equipment Collection Program                                                                                                                          www.lexmark.com/un-complicate/sequentialem/home/0,7070,204812589_307451399_0_en,00.html)

Sony style Notebook Trade - In Program                                                                                    (www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/servlet/StaticViewstoreId=10001&catalogID=10001&contentpage=../html/trade_in/main.html)

Toshiba’s Environmental Recovery and Recycling Effort                                                                                  (www.toshiba.ca/web/link?id=2200)