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Ontario surpasses waste electronics reuse and recycling milestone

Ontarians have reached another electronic waste collection milestone. Since April 2009, more than 200,000 tons of electronic waste has been collected and successfully diverted from landfills across the province, greater than any other diversion program of its kind in Canada.

“Waste diversion is a hot topic in Ontario. As we look at new ways to manage end-of-life electronics, it’s important to recognize the success and momentum we’re experiencing in electronics recycling,” said Jonathan Spencer, executive director, Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). “It took about 3 years to set up our province-wide network of drop-off centers, and then reach our e-waste collection target of 100,000 tons. With the help of Ontarians, municipalities and service providers, we recently surpassed the 200,000 tons mark in less than 18 months.”

  • 75,702 tons of electronics diverted in 2012 – exceeding the target by 30 percent and 2011 results by 45 percent.
  • 5.61 kilograms of waste electronics per capita collected.
  • Cost per ton has been driven down 30 percent year-over-year in 2012.
  • Since 2009, 201,697 tons collected is equivalent to 23,429 tractor-trailer loads of out-of-use electronics.

E-waste contains valuable materials like base and precious metals, but also plastics and glass that can be safely processed to reclaim them for reuse; to manufacture new products, including the electronics of the future.

OES monitors its network of contracted service providers-collectors, transporters and recyclers-to ensure they are held to rigorous environmental and worker health and safety standards and contractual obligations.

There is still work to be done towards even greater e-waste diversion. 90 percent of Ontarians have out-of-use electronic devices to dispose of and more than 1 in 4 admit they “haven’t gotten around to” disposing their old gadgets.