EPRA reminds people to recycle electronics during waste reduction week
The Electronic Product Recycling Association (EPRA) is focusing on its Recycle My Electronics initiative around Waste Reduction Week which takes place the week of October 18. Each day of the week is focused on one aspect of waste reduction and Wednesday is around electronic waste or electronic waste.
Each day of the week has its own theme related to waste and Wednesday is E-Waste which is related to recycling electronics.
Gayleen Creelman of an EPRA director in Prince Albert explained that Monday was the circular economy and the kick-off, Tuesday was textiles, Thursday was plastics, Friday was food waste, Saturday was the economy of sharing and Sunday was the exchange and repair.
“Waste Reduction Week is an opportunity to focus on how residents and businesses can reduce their environmental footprint through waste reduction initiatives,” said Creelman.
EPRA is an industry-led non-profit organization that oversees a government-approved end-of-life electronics recycling program across the country.
Residents and businesses can drop off their unwanted electronic devices for responsible recycling free of charge at any EPRA / Recycle My Electronics authorized drop-off point.
“This is important for several reasons, a week of waste reduction, these are the different days of reflection on the different initiatives so that residents can become more aware of their impact on purchases, on their recycling habits, on their reuse habits and how it all impacts the future and what happens with the items because they don’t have to waste them once they’re done with them at the end of their life to their personal lives, ”Creelman said.
She explained that EPRA is using Waste Reduction Week to raise awareness about the Recycle My Electronics program and why they want to collect old electronics. This includes things like where the electronics can be dropped off and what happens next with the electronics.
The EPRA / Recycle My Electronics programs ensure that the safe and secure recycling of electronic devices is accessible to all Canadians, through its network of more than 2,500 authorized drop-off points across the country.
Drop-off points include all SARCAN locations in Saskatchewan and municipal landfills and retail outlets such as Best Buy, Staples, and Visions Electronics.
“We also work with McDonald’s Metals in Prince Albert, it’s one of our drop-off points,” she said. “So we’re going to the Highway 55 dump, which is already in Canwood and is part of our collection network.”
The best way to find a location is to visit the recycleMYelectronics.ca website and enter your Creelman zip code.
“Now remember it’s initially set at 10 kilometers, so if you’re in Saskatchewan it’s not 10 kilometers for most people in rural areas, you might want to go 100 kilometers, then that will give you some options to go to, “she said.
An important aspect of electronics is that they don’t create a heap of waste. Since the components are metals, plastics and glass, they can be reused countless times. She explained that metals can be constantly returned to the manufacturing supply chain.
“When it comes to plastics, plastics in electronics are different from plastics in your kitchen like your yogurt pots and milk pots and stuff like that, they’re made of a more durable plastic and for the most part , they go back to electronics manufacturing. devices or in a stronger plastic material. The glass is then melted and returned to glass. If it contains lead, the lead is separated, ”she said.
She said it’s important to recycle electronic devices as they go back into the supply chain.
“Resources can be reused endlessly, so it’s a different way to reuse them. We break it down into its components so that it can go back into the manufacturing supply chain and it can come back as something completely different from what it was originally purchased for the last round, ”he said. she declared.
The age of the device being recycled does not matter and devices can still be recycled. This is because the components are the key element in recycling and they can be broken down.
“And all of the cords and anything that plugs into these devices are also recyclable through our program,” she said.
Creelman added that when recycling items such as cell phones, it is important to erase data and remove SIM cards. This is assisted by the next step in the process.
“The next step after dropping it off at one of our collection points is for it to go to one of our processors in Canada where it is disassembled, never turned on, never picked up for parts. We just take it apart and then tear the material apart, ”Creelman said.
Another interesting fact is that the Olympic medals from the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympics were made from 100% recycled electronics.
“Canada was the first in Vancouver when we had the Winter Olympics. We were the first to put recycled material in the medals, but we weren’t 100 percent – we couldn’t be 100 percent like Japan was, “Creelman said.