In response to a request last June from the Ontario environment minister, the Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has prepared a Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program and delivered it to the minister. The plan was developed by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) — a board of electronic manufacturers and large retail stores.
The program, which will set fees for such things as old television sets and computers, has been criticized as establishing a simple collection program, not a true stewardship program.
According to the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI), “at every opportunity small Ontario electronic recyclers have met with OES, WDO and the [the environment ministry], participated in public consultation meetings and provided comments to successive drafts of the WEEE program.
“CARI was contacted by several Ontario e-scrap companies in view of its workshop and expressed wish to form an electronics division. CARI Executive Committee approved its participation in this program. CARI has also commented to OES and joined with members and non-members in a new alliance called the Ontario Electronic Resource Recovery Alliance (OERRA). OERRA has consulted with the OES, met with [ministerial] and policy staff, met with Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship political staff and CARI attended the most recent WDO board meeting.”
CARI’s critique continues:
“The proposed draft plan is a collection plan that breaks the Province into geographical sectors. Recyclers that achieve the necessary technical criteria to ensure the proper handing of e-scrap and become registered with the OES are eligible to bid on an 18 month cycle for the e-scrap. Between 5 and 8 winners will be selected and their proportion of the total amount will be determined. In other words the Ontario WEEE program is another flow control program.
“CARI will continue to support an open qualified competitive process but will resist flow control. Future phases of the WEEE currently anticipate the inclusion of white goods. The Canadian Appliance Manufacturing Association has also contacted CARI to work with it in a hope of preventing the inclusion of white goods.
“Unfortunately the WDO just approved the OES plan and it will shortly be sent to the Minister of Environment.”
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