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Managing electronic waste

Target 8.6: By March 31, 2014, each department will reuse or recycle all surplus electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Ninety-six percent (96%) of departments have plans in place to dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound manner.

Every year, the federal government purchases large quantities of electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), including computer, laboratory, medical, security, telecomm, audio-visual and office equipment. Technological advances result in rapid obsolescence of equipment and drive the need to replace EEE. Federal departments and agencies must adopt environmentally sound and secure disposal practices for obsolete equipment.

Twenty-six federal departments (96%) have developed a plan for EEE disposal in accordance with the Guideline for the Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electronic and Electrical Equipment. These plans define roles and responsibilities with respect to disposal within the department, develop processes to track and report on EEE, and outline a departmental engagement strategy and the mechanisms to evaluate the plan's effectiveness. A standing offer has been put in place to facilitate the environmentally sound recycling of federal departments' EEE that is not eligible for reuse or recycling through provincial programs.

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