Ottawa takes steps to manage electronic waste
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and
Government Services, announced that the Government of Canada
has introduced new measures for the environmentally sound recycling
of federal surplus electronic and electrical equipment that has
reached its end of life.
The Government of Canada has established a standing offer for
an initial two year period with an optional extension of one
year. It is expected that up to 2,000 tons of e-waste will be
recycled through the standing offer on an annual basis. The standing
offer covers all electronic and electrical equipment that is
not suitable for re-use by Computers for Schools, re-sale through
Crown Assets or that cannot be recycled through existing provincial
recycling programs. Equipment includes a wide range of equipment
from IT, audio-visual and laboratory equipment to appliances
and electric tools.
This method of supply was developed following consultations with
other government departments, provincial recycling programs,
and industry associations. As part of federal efforts to support
Canada’s environmental industry, the Government of Canada will
continue to consult with recyclers to ensure that future solicitations
further promote the development of this emerging industry.