Most people replace their computers, monitors, printers, and other electronic devices every 3-5 years. Some high-performance items like games, cell phones, and palm computers are often replaced every year or two.
This high turnover makes electronic waste an increasing and significant problem, especially since they contain significant amounts of lead and heavy metals that are dangerous to the environment, as well as some other metals (gold, silver, palladium) that have solid value in recycling, as well as other metals, glass and plastic
Our electronics are filled with resources, and the various components include glass, plastic, gold, silver, copper, palladium. These can be recovered and recycled into new products.
There are over 2,300 Recycle My Electronics authorized collection locations across Canada. The Recycle My Electronics program recycles approximately 15.5 million devices a year in Canada and since the program began in 2009, we have recycled approximately 100 million devices.
Consider this: recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent of the electricity used by 3,657 homes in a year. There are a number of Electonics Recycling Programs across Canada:
Another alternatives to sending your computer to the landfill is to pass it on to a willing school or charity. You can also put a notice on a community bulletin board offering your computer free for the taking. Many people without a computer will still find use with the word processor and basic programs.
lectronic Products Recycling Association operates regulated recycling programs in nine provinces across Canada. Please select your province to find out more about electronics recycling near you.
Each province has OES-approved drop-off locations, or OES Service Providers, are obliged and adhere to rigorous environmental and worker health and safety standards. OES Service Providers may be a municipal or retail/non-profit permanent site.