The Ontario government has directed Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to develop a program to prevent electronic and electrical equipment from going to landfills, Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky announced yesterday.
"We must keep electronic waste, which contains lead and other potentially toxic materials, out of our landfills," Dombrowsky said.
Dombrowsky asked Waste Diversion Ontario to work with representatives of the industries involved to develop a program that would include more than 50 products, ranging from appliances to computers to cell phones and TVs.
The Waste Diversion Act 2002 established Waste Diversion Ontario as a non-government corporation made up of business, municipal, government and non-governmental representatives to develop, implement and operate waste diversion programs for a variety of materials. Other materials that have been designated for waste diversion include blue box waste, used tires and used oil material.
About 157,000 tonnes of e-waste went to landfill in Canada in 2002 and e-waste is predicted to grow to 206,000 tonnes by 2010.
"Sony of Canada Ltd. has long endorsed the development of programs to manage end-of-life electronics in an environmentally responsible and economically sound manner," said Tariq Shameem, Senior Vice President, Service & Engineering and Information Systems, Sony of Canada Ltd. "We look forward to working with the Minister of the Environment in this important area."
"Hewlett Packard is a leader in design for the environment and in ensuring the recyclability of its products," said Ralph McMillen, vice-president of environmental programs, HP Canada. "HP is looking forward to working with the province and Waste Diversion Ontario to develop an effective and efficient e-waste collection and recycling program that maximizes environmental benefit while minimizing costs to consumers."
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For further information, contact Arthur Chamberlain, Minister’s Office, 416-314-5139 or John Steele, Communications Branch, 416-314-6666.