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FCM report on electronics waste

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) national consultation on the municipal management of discarded elec...


The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) national consultation on the municipal management of discarded electronics was recently completed.

From January to March 2003, the FCM, with the support of Environment Canada, Industry Canada, and Natural Resources Canada, conducted a national consultative process on the management of discarded electronics. The process developed a preliminary national municipal position on the roles and responsibilities municipalities should have in managing discarded electronics in order to enhance materials recycling, promote local economic benefits and avoid potential environmental effects.

In the report, Lura Consulting outlines the FCM’s national municipal position, key collection issues, a national survey on discarded electronics, regional consultation reports, national workshop meeting notes, and a national workshop workbook.

The guiding roles and responsibilities of the proposed strategy include: that collection should be a shared responsibility between industry, municipalities, retailers, and consumers; that industry should be primarily responsible for transportation tot he processor; that industry should be 100 per cent responsible for processing; and, that communications to consumers can be a shared responsibility between industry, municipalities, and retailers.

The report will soon be available at the FCM web site (www.fcm.ca). In the meantime, read "Computer Crash" in the October/November 2002 edition, or for further information, call 613-241-5221


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