Responsible Recycling

Protecting the Environment through Responsible Recycling Practices.

Responsible recycling practices eliminate issues surrounding the management of waste electronics such as illegal dumping, shipping offshore to developing countries, improper handling or disposal of toxic materials, and inadequate health and safety systems for workers handling and processing this equipment.

Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is committed to ensuring that end-of-life electronic products collected through its program are recycled in a manner that protects the environment as well as worker health and safety. In support of this commitment, all recyclers processing program material for EPRA are audited under the Recycling Vendor Qualification Program (RVQP) and assessed against the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) established by the Electronics Industry’s Recycler Qualification Office (RQP).

The ERS and RVQP were designed to identify the key environmental, health and safety aspects associated with EOLE (End Of Life Electronics) recycling, and provide a means to assess the recycler’s conformance to these requirements. The ERS establishes the minimum environmental, health and safety requirements for recycling EOLE. It prohibits the land-filling of EOLE, improper handling and disposal of hazards materials, and dumping of any equipment or parts in developing nations.

You can have your EOLE recycled free of charge, simply by dropping it off at an approved collection depot. To find an EPRA Manitoba drop-off centre near you, please visit the EPRA Manitoba Drop-Off Centre locations page.

The Recycling Process

Recycling of electronics involves manual and/or mechanical processing to recover raw materials such as metals, glass and plastics.

Electronics are usually separated into the following categories:

Non-Hazardous Materials
•Ferrous metals (such as aluminum, lead and copper)
•Non-ferrous metals (steel)
•Other metals (brass, bronze and metal fines)
•Plastics, wood and glass (non-leaded)

Electronic scrap
•Cables and wires
•Printed circuit boards (high, medium and low grade)
•Components, including hard drives, chips and other electronic components

Substances of Concern
•Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), CRT frit, leaded plasma display glass and other leaded glass
•Rechargeable batteries
•Non-rechargeable batteries(including alkaline, lead acid, and coin cell batteries on circuit boards)
•Mercury bearing lamps and switches
•Components containing polychlorinated biphenyls
•Ink and toner cartridges.

For more information on the Electronics Recycling Standard, visit www.epsc.ca