On July 24, 2003, Solid Waste & Recycling Editor Connie Vitello was the first media representative to tour the new state of the art Noranda Recycling facility in Brampton, Ontario. The only one of its kind in Canada, the electronics recycling facility is expected to process approximately one million pounds a month of end-of-life electronics after ramp-up. Materials recycled will come from many sources across Canada including electronics equipment manufacturers (including Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Canon), business, governments and municipalities.
“We’re very excited about providing this service to our clients,” Cindy Thomas, plant manager of Noranda Recycling. “We take pride in knowing that 100 per cent of all electronic hardware that enters the facility will be recycled and diverted from landfill.”
Computers and peripherals as well as office equipment materials will be accepted, including: network hardware, tape drives, disk drives, modems, CD and DVD ROMs, CD writers, circuit board as well as copiers, mainframes, workstations, cellular phones, calculators, audio/video equipment, video recorders, pagers, typewriters, telephones, fax machines, wireless devices, printers, and plotters.
The facility has received its certificate of approval for air, but the certificate for waste is still pending. Noranda Recycling expects to open its doors later this summer on August 18, 2003.
Between 1992 and 2000 Canadians disposed of enough personal computers to fill about 1,000 Olympic sized swimming pools; only 10 per cent of these computers were recycled. The amount of computers generated and disposed is expected to double to an estimated 72,000 tonnes in 2005.
(For further coverage and pictures, see the feature in the August/September edition. Also see “Computer Crash” in the October/November 2002 edition.)
For further information, contact Cindy Thomas at 905-874-6835 Cindy.Thomas@Toronto.NorFalc.com