If that new video game is dreadful, rest assured, it can now be safely recycled in Quebec.
Video game consoles and their related accessories, computer servers, digital cameras, GPS devices, radios and home theatre systems, are now on the list of products accepted at some 450 e-waste drop-off depots around Quebec.
The recycling update comes under phase II of Quebec’s Recovery and Reclamation of Products by Enterprises Regulation (R.R.Q., c. Q-2, 40.1) under the Environmental Quality Act.
“There are now over 100 electronic products in 12 categories that may be recovered and recycled thanks to our program,” said Dominique Levesque, executive director of the Electronic Products Recycling Association of Quebec (EPRA) in a July 15, 2013 statement to media, one day after the new products were added to the list. “That’s twice as many as when the regulation came into force in July 2012.”
The EPRA announced that environmental handling fees — or EHFs — will only be applied to new e-products as of August 1, 2013.
The EHFs cover the cost of recovering and recycling for each category of e-products. The fees also enable Quebec to support its network of e-waste drop-off points.
The new products added to the list will be sent for reuse, refurbishment and/or recycling to enterprises approved by the EPRA, a non-profit organization.
Addresses for authorized drop-off points as well as information on all covered e-products and related EHFs are available on the EPRA website here.