Busy recycling the province’s electronics since 2009, Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) has now surpassed the 200,000-tonne mark.
The 201,697 tonnes of e-waste collected from the likes of stereo equipment, computers and cellphones is equivalent to almost 15 kilograms per Ontarian, or 23,429 tractor-trailer loads of old electronics that could form a line from Toronto to the Cornwall, Ontario area.
“Waste diversion is a hot topic in Ontario,” said OES Executive Director Jonathan Spencerin a July 18, 2013 statement to media. “As we look at new ways to manage end-of-life electronics, it's important to recognize the success and momentum we're experiencing in electronics recycling.”
Spencer says it took about three years to set up the province-wide network of OES drop-off centres.
In 2012, OES exceeded its collection and processing target by 30 per cent with nearly 76,000 tonnes of e-waste. The 2012 performance also exceeded 2011 results by 45 per cent, according to OES.
“That's significant progress and proof that Ontarians support electronics recycling,” added Spencer.
Spencer says that four in five Ontarians are aware there are specific ways for end-of-life electronics to be handled. He says that as many as 85 per cent of Ontarians live within 25 kilometres of an e-waste drop-off site in the OES network.
OES says there is still work to be done towards even greater e-waste diversion. It says some 90 per cent of Ontarians have out-of-use electronic devices to dispose of and more than one in four admit they "haven't gotten around to" disposing of their old gadgets.
About Ontario Electronic Stewardship
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a not-for-profit industry organization, oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of end-of-life electronics. OES offers a convenient, secure and no-charge way for Ontario residents and businesses to recycle electronics. This program is helping to create a cleaner environmental future for Ontarians.