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B.C. e-waste plan raises standards

The Electronics Stewardship Association of B.C. (ESABC) has contracted Encorp Pacific to collect and recycle comput...


The Electronics Stewardship Association of B.C. (ESABC) has contracted Encorp Pacific to collect and recycle computers, monitors, desktop printers and TVs. ESABC represents the majority of electronics producers selling products in B.C. although other organizations are also submitting recycling and reuse plans for Ministry of Environment approval. Reuse programs for functional electronics are currently operating independently, but it is governments intention to encourage closer collaboration between reuse and recycling facilities.

The new e-waste stewardship program will be funded by an industry-set environmental handling charge paid by consumers on the purchase of new electrical and electronic equipment. ESABCs program will facilitate metal and plastic recovery and reuse, and could eventually eliminate e-waste from municipal landfills.

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