General

1. What is Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)?

The Electronics Products Recycling Association (EPRA), is the non-profit entity chartered with improving the efficiency of regulated e-waste reclamation and recycling processes. Members of Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) www.epsc.ca and the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) www.retailcouncil.org established EPRA in 2011.

2. How is the program funded?

An Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) will be applied to the sale of new electronics products regulated in Manitoba. All program revenue will be used for the administration, collection, transportation and responsible recycling of unwanted electronics.

3. When do these fees take affect?

The implementation of the EPRA Manitoba Program and the fees will begin August 1, 2012.

4. Is the EHF a tax?

No, the fees you pay when purchasing regulated electronic products are used solely to fund the electronics recycling program.

5. How much are the environmental handling fees?

The following environmental handling fees will be charged on the sale of new electronics products:

Desktop Computers CPU $1.40 (Including bundled components)

Portable Computer $1.00

Display Device w/ diagonal screen size:

≤ 29” $7.00

30‐45″ $12.00

≥ 46″ $28.00

Printers, Scanners and Fax Machines $1.25

Computer Peripherals $0.20

Personal/Portable Audio and Video Playback and Recording Systems $0.25

Home Audio and Video Playback and Recording Systems or Components $1.10

Home Theatre in a Box (HTIB) Systems $1.10

Vehicle Audio & Video Systems/Components $1.10

Non-cellular telephones and Answering Machines $0.45

Countertop Microwave Ovens
Under 1.0 cu. Ft.  $3.00
Over 1.0 cu. Ft.  $3.00

Floor-Standing Multi-Function Device  $15.00

6. Why should I have to pay a fee on the purchase of new electronics?

The EPRA Manitoba Program is an important initiative for the environment. The program is not funded by general taxpayers or the government, but by consumers and producers of electronics products. Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) on the sale of new products assists in covering the costs of recycling historic and orphaned waste. The fee will ensure that unwanted electronics are processed responsibly and do not end up in our landfills or exported to developing nations.

7. How are the environmental handling fees (EHFs) used?

The EHF for each category of products is designed to accurately reflect the true costs of managing these obligated products within the EPRA Manitoba program. The fee you pay on a new product at the time of purchase covers collection, transportation, administration and responsible recycling costs directly attributed to that product at the end of its useful life.

8. How were the EHFs for products determined?

EPRA partnered with similar electronics recycling programs in Saskatchewan (SWEEP) and British Columbia (ESABC) to hire an independent third party to perform an analysis of Environmental Handing Fees (EHFs) for regulated end-of-life electronics. As a result of the third party analysis, EHFs were recommended for each program. For more information on how the fees are determined, please visit www.eStewardship.ca.

9. Isn’t it important to re-use before recycling?

Absolutely. The EPRA Manitoba program is designed to manage unwanted electronic products that have exhausted their reuse potential. If your electronic items are not at the end of their useful life, you are encouraged to explore reuse opportunities including donating them to family members, friends or authorized Reuse Organizations.

10. Do I have to pay to drop off my unwanted electronics?

 

No, unwanted electronic products can be dropped off FREE OF CHARGE at any EPRA Manitoba collection site

11. Will I get money back when I return my used electronics?

There will be no refund paid to you when you return electronics for recycling as this is not a deposit program. Under the EPRA Manitoba Program, you can return your electronics at no charge and be assured they will be recycled responsibly.

12. If I return my unwanted computer, how do I know my personal information won’t be seen or stolen?

Once an electronic item is dropped off at an EPRA Manitoba Collection site, it will be sent to an approved recycler for processing. However, for your own personal security, you should take steps to make sure that private data is removed from your computer. When your unwanted electronic product is recycled, every effort is made to ensure the privacy and security of any personal information; however, the EPRA Manitoba program does not accept liability for data or any other digital content left on the computer.

13. How does EPRA Manitoba ensure that electronics are recycled responsibly?

EPRA is committed to recycling end-of-life electronic products collected through our network of Drop-off Centres in a responsible manner that protects the environment as well as worker health and safety.

EPRA is committed to recycling end-of-life electronic products collected through our network of Drop-off Centres in a responsible manner. EPRA only works with recyclers who have been verified under the national Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), which was designed by the electronics industry to ensure that end-of-life-electronics are managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

This means that all EPRA verified recyclers must be actively processing material that is entrusted to them by EPRA. Further, our Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) verifies the recyclers against the ERS requirements. This ensures that recyclers are maintaining appropriate environmental, health and safety controls, and are properly handling all materials. For more information, visit www.RQP.ca

 

14. What are the regulated electronic items included in the EPRA Manitoba Program?

What are the regulated electronic items included in the EPRA Manitoba Program?

The following electronic products are accepted in the EPRA Manitoba Program:

  • Desktop Computers Includes Central Processing Units (CPUs), mice, keyboards, cables and other components within the computer. This includes desktop computers, desktop computers acting as servers, and all associated keyboards and cabling.
  • Monitors A device used for displaying images from computers or other sources that does not meet the definition of a television. This includes traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) and all flat panel display technologies such as LCD and plasma.
  • Notebook Computers Includes portable computers such as notebook, laptop, netbook and tablet PCs.
  • Desktop Printers and Scanners. This includes printing devices that are designed to reside on a work surface, and includes various printing technologies, including laser & LED (electrophotographic), ink jet, dot matrix, thermal, dye sublimation and “multifunction” devices that may copy, scan, fax, or print. Standalone desktop scanners and fax machines are also included in this category.
  • Televisions A video display device with an embedded television tuner. This includes various display technologies, such as traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), flat panel (LCD and plasma) or rear projection.
  • Personal or Portable Audio/Video Systems Includes portable devices primarily for personal use including computer/docking speakers; portable stereos/tape players/radios; clock radios; personal CD players, portable audio recorders/portable tape/radio players; headphones; MP3 players; solid state voice recorders; digital cameras; digital picture frames and video cameras/camcorders.
  • Vehicle Audio/Video Systems (Aftermarket) Includes car stereo amplifiers, equalizers, speakers and in-dash audio/video components.
  • Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) Systems Includes pre-packaged speaker/amplifier systems for use with any manner of video or television display to create a home theatre experience.
  • Home Audio/Video Systems Includes VCRs and DVD players; mini/mid/full size package systems; single/multi CD players; digital cable equipment; satellite cable equipment; speakers (home speakers; home theatre speakers and multi-media speakers), amplifiers, receivers, data projectors and similar audio/video systems.
  • Non-Cellular Telephones** Includes wire telephones; cordless telephones and telephone answering machines.
  • Microwave Ovens.
  • ** Cell phone recycling will be managed separately by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). For your nearest location visit www.RecycleMyCell.ca or call 1-888-797-1740.

15. Does EPRA Manitoba accept floor standing copiers/printers?

Effective May 1, 2014 the EPRA Manitoba program will expand to include floor standing photocopiers and Multi-Function Devices (MFDs). This will include all printing and copying devices, utilizing all printing technologies, that are floor-standing models and can print on media with dimensions up to 48″ wide, and are up to a maximum weight of 200 kg.