Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Region:

Ontario

Type of Initiative:

Extended producer responsibility – mandatory

Products Targeted:

The program includes:

Desktop computers; portable computers; computer peripherals; monitors; televisions; computer peripherals including keyboards, mice, and modems; printing devices including copiers, scanners, typewriters; telephones (physical and accessories); cellular phones; personal digital assistants (PDAs) and pagers; audio and video players; cameras; equalizers/(pre)amplifiers; radios; receivers; speakers; tuners; turntables; video players/projectors; video recorders; personal hand held computers.

This list includes Phase 1 and Phase 2 materials, which are currently in effect.

Summary of Initiative
Supporting Framework
Program Details
Program Contacts


Summary of Initiative

The Ontario Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program was launched on April 1, 2009 and was expanded on April 1, 2010. The program includes 44 types of electronics from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation. Industry stewards (identified as brand owners and first importers) are obligated under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 to fund the cost of the program for the proper management or diversion of their products or packaging.

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is the organization that manages the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program and is responsible for collecting fees from industry stewards to fund the operation of the program.

Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) monitors the performance of the program and reports to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Consumers can return their electrical and electronic equipment to collection points across the province, which include retailers, drop off events and other locations.


Supporting Framework

Policies:

Ontario’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program was developed in response to the Ontario Minister of the Environment’s requests for a waste electrical and electronic equipment diversion program in 2004 and 2007.  Designated waste materials and the designated Industry Funding Organization are identified in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulation (2004) under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.

Targets:

The program includes targets for collection, reuse and recycling for all of the designated products. These include:

  • an overall collection target of 84,732 tonnes for phase one and phase two products combined by 2014. This translates into a recovery rate of 87% for desktop and portable computers, a 74% recovery rate for display devices, a 47% recovery rate for other phase one and phase two products and an 80% recovery rate for floor standing copiers and printers.
  • an overall reuse target of 10,188 tonnes of products available for collection by 2011, which would be achieved through the means of an electronics materials exchange program. Specific reuse targets have been established for product groupings, such as desktop and portable computers (37.5%), display devices (3%), other phase one and phase two products (8%) and floor standing copiers and printers (52%).
  • the program plan also includes recycling targets (of products available for collection) in the order of: 78% for desktop and portable computers, 67% for display devices, 42% for other phase one and phase two products and 72% for floor standing copiers and printers by 2014.

Program Details

Product Collection:

Collection sites include retailers, businesses, non-profit organizations and municipal facilities that have entered into agreement with OES. Consumers and users of electronic and electrical equipment can drop off used and unwanted electronic and electrical equipment at any of the more than 550 permanent collection sites and events, free of charge.

For a list of collection sites and collection events, please visit the Recycle Your Electronics website.

Product-specific Fees:

The Ontario Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program is funded by fees paid to OES by industry stewards for electronic and electrical equipment in Ontario. These funds are used to cover collection, transportation and processing of electronic waste as well as research and consumer education programs to encourage greater electronic equipment recycling.

Some retailers may choose to charge consumers an amount (e.g. an environmental handling fee) intended to reflect the cost of the program at the point of sale on new products.

Program Monitoring & Reporting:

OES reports to WDO which monitors the program performance in meeting their legal requirements.

WDO in turn reports to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The Ministry is responsible for enforcing non-compliance with the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.

OES produces an annual report that includes information on its performance and is available to the public on its website.

Program Performance:  

In 2010-2011, OES collected 34,585 tonnes of electronic and electrical equipment, equivalent to 2.62 kg/capita.


Program Contacts

Service Provider:
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES)
885 Don Mills Road, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1V9
Telephone: Toll-free 1-888-646-1820 or Local call 416-380-4545
Fax: (416) 380-4154
Email: info@ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca
Website: www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca/ or www.recycleyourelectronics.ca/

Government Contact:
Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO)
4711Yonge Street, Suite 1102
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6K8
Telephone: (416) 226-5113
Fax: (416) 226-1368
Email: wdo@wdo.ca
Website: www.wdo.ca/