Ontario has approved a new electronics diversion program developed by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). The plan, approved by Environment Minister John Gerretsen, includes 420 drop-off locations in year one, up from the current 167, and more than 650 in year five. Drop off locations, free to the public, will include charities, municipal depots and recycling companies. Ontario’s e-waste diversion program will be the first in Canada to set environmental performance targets for collection, reuse, recycling and accessibility. Currently, about 27 per cent of e-waste is reused or recycled, a number that’s set to more than double to 61 per cent by year five. For the first time in Ontario, industry will pay 100 per cent of the costs of the diversion program. The costs to manufacturers, brand owners or importers of the products work out to about $13 for a desktop computer and $10 for a TV.
See Usman Valiante’s back-page “Blog” article for commentary on fees versus taxes.