Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is inviting stewards and stakeholders to submit comments on its new Draft Preliminary Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program Plan. Submissions are due by February 4, 2008.
“The plan sets out stages for electric and electronic waste to be captured and diverted from landfill,” says Barbara McConnell, a spokesperson for the plan development process. “It offers reusers, collectors, processors and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on how they think electronic waste should be collected and diverted.”
Waste Diversion Act
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) was designated under the Ontario Waste Diversion Act, i.e., the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation (O. Reg. 393/04) in December 2004. At that time, the Minister of the Environment requested that Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), a crown corporation created by the act to develop, implement and operate waste diversion programs, undertake a study of the state of WEEE management in Ontario. WDO submitted the WEEE study to the minister in July 2005.
In June 2007, the minister provided WDO with a final WEEE program request letter directing it to develop a WEEE program in phases. The minister also instructed WDO to establish an industry funding organization, including industry stewards affected by the WEEE program and submit the Phase One WEEE program to the province by February 1, 2008. In October 2007, WDO established Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). Subsequently, OES asked the province for an extension until March 31, 2008, to implement the first phase of the program.
According to the OES plan, Phase One materials include information technology equipment, such as computers, monitors and peripherals, telecommunications equipment (i.e., fax machines), and audiovisual equipment, such as televisions. The OES plan anticipates the recovery of 48 per cent of WEEE in the first year of the program, when implemented. By Year Five, diversion should increase to 65 per cent. Currently, at least 70,000 tonnes of WEEE per year are landfilled or incinerated, says the plan. All Phase One materials supplied into the Ontario market, including those supplied to individual consumers and those supplied to industrial, commercial and institutional users are included in the WEEE program plan. In other words, all materials sold, leased, donated or otherwise distributed in Ontario are covered by the plan.
Several other provinces have already regulated producer responsibility. However, Ontario will benefit from the existence of an active recycling industry, according to the plan. It says the local industry is currently capable of processing 170,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year.
Workshop/Webcast on January 24, 2008
The draft plan will be discussed in detail at a workshop/webcast to be held at the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. The OES seeks feedback from stewards and stakeholders on the following topics:
— the definition of obligated materials;
— comments on the accuracy of the estimates of materials sold, available for collection, collected, reused, recycled and disposed; and,
— any materials that are missing or should be excluded.
“We’re hoping to have a robust comment period,” McConnell says, adding that she hopes stakeholders will answer the questions: Are we on the right track? Are the targets appropriate? Should anything else be included?
Participants for both the workshop and webcast must register.Comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions are due by February 4, 2008.
January 14: Post Draft Preliminary WEEE Diversion Program Plan and the Program Plan Development Consultation Paper for discussion at the January 24 workshop/webcast.
January 24: Workshop/webcast at Novotel Toronto Centre, Toronto, 10:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. EST. An agenda will be posted on the OES website on Monday, January 21.
February 4: Comments due by end of day on the Draft Preliminary WEEE Program Plan.
February 11: Post revised Draft Preliminary WEEE Diversion Program Plan and updated Program Plan Development Consultation Paper.
February 20: Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) Board of Directors to review revised Draft Preliminary WEEE Diversion Program Plan and Program Plan Development Consultation Paper.
February 22: Comments due by end of day on the revised Draft Preliminary WEEE Diversion Program Plan.
March 10: Draft Final WEEE Program Plan and updated Program Plan Development Consultation Paper will be posted for final review and comment. Comments will be due by end of day on March 14.
March 26: WDO Board final review of Draft Final WEEE Diversion Program Plan and Program Plan Development Consultation Paper.
March 31: WDO Board submits Final WEEE Program Plan and Program Plan Development Consultation Paper to the Minister of the Environment. OES posts to www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca