Amendments to provincial waste management regulations will now provide an industry-led electronics recycling program, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced in November 2012.
The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), a Crown agency that manages the province’s waste diversion and recycling programs, said that 90 per cent of electronics can now be recycled in the province.
Still, a combined 2,600 tonnes of e-waste ends up in landfills each year through residential, commercial, industrial and institutional avenues, the MMSB said.
The 2012 e-waste program will take an extended producer responsibility (EPR) approach for electronics manufacturers to be responsible for their products from the point of production through to post-consumer recycling.
E-waste can include items such as old cellphones, televisions and computers.
Electronics manufacturers have 120 days to submit a detailed stewardship plan to the MMSB outlining their proposed recycling program for the province.
“Electronics contain dangerous metals and contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and other potentially hazardous materials that can create environmental hazards if not recycled or disposed of in a responsible manner,” said Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the MMSB in a November 2, 2012 statement to media.
“Proper management of e-waste through an industry-led electronics recycling program is an important step forward for waste management in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hedderson added, “and will bring the province another step closer to achieving the 50 per cent waste reduction goal of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.”
The electronics recycling program will be the second EPR program for Newfoundland and Labrador following the paint recycling program launched in May 2012.