Recycling electronics is easy and important


Since inception of the program in 2007, British Columbians have recycled over 180,000 metric tonnes of unwanted electronics. B.C. is a leader in the responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics and, because of this, together we are preventing electronic items from going into landfills, being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers. Plus, large quantities of valuable resources are being recovered and put back into the manufacturing supply chain to make new products.

These impressive recycling statistics are due in part to the fact that returning end-of-life electronics for recycling is convenient and easy. B.C. residents don’t have to travel far to drop off their unwanted end-of-life electronics. With over 275 authorized collection sites, which include the Return-It Electronics Depots in B.C., 98 per cent of British Columbia’s residents live less than 30 minutes from a collection location and within 45 minutes in rural areas of the province. Occasionally, unwanted electronics get abandoned — particularly around moving day on the first of each month — resulting in old, unusable electronics being left in back alleys or side streets by careless people. All unwanted electronic items covered in the Electronic Products Recycling Association’s (EPRA) program can be easily dropped off to be recycled properly at any of the EPRA authorized collection sites across the province.

Recycle your electronics through an authorized collection site. Nature’s warranty is counting on it.

EPRA is a national not-for-profit environmental stewardship agency dedicated to responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics. Their successful program is funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that is charged on the purchase of new electronic items. This fee covers the costs associated with collection, handling and safe processing, so any item covered can be dropped off at a collection site at no additional cost and will be recycled responsibly, protecting both the environment and worker health …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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