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

EPRA Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit industry-led organization that oversees a government-approved end-of-life electronics recycling program throughout the province.  Residents and businesses can recycle their unwanted electronics FREE OF CHARGE through an EPRA Nova Scotia Drop-off Centre.

2. Is electronic waste banned from landfills in Nova Scotia?

Yes. Schedule B of the Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations provides a complete list of materials banned from landfills and incinerators. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/REGS/envsolid.htm#TOC1_9

3. How is the program funded?

Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) charged on the sale and distribution of all new electronic products regulated in Nova Scotia are used to fund the program.  All program revenue is used for the collection, transportation and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics, as well as program administration.

4. When did these fees take affect?

The fees took effect when the program launched on February 1, 2008.

5. Is the EHF a tax?

No, the fees you pay when purchasing regulated electronic products are industry levied and used to fund the responsible recycling of unwanted electronics through the EPRA Nova Scotia program.

6. How much are the Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs)?

7.How will I know whether I’ve paid a fee on my purchase?

Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) are charged on the sale and distribution of new electronic products regulated in Nova Scotia, and may appear on your sales receipt

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

The EPRA Nova Scotia 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.  Fees charged on the sale of new products assist in covering the costs of recycling old or unwanted electronics products in a responsible manner that protects both the environment and worker health and safety.

9. How were the Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) for products determined?

EHFs for all EPRA industry-led electronic recycling programs in Canada are determined by a consistent methodology analyzing the costs to collect, transport and responsibly recycle end-of-life electronics (EOLE).

10. What regulated electronic items are included in the EPRA Nova Scotia Program?

11. Isn’t it important to reuse before recycling?

Absolutely. The EPRA Nova Scotia 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.

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

No. Unwanted electronic products are accepted FREE OF CHARGE at any Nova Scotia Drop-off Centre.

13. Will I get money back when I drop off my used electronics?

No. There will be no refund paid to you when you drop off electronics for recycling. This is not a deposit program. Under the EPRA Nova Scotia program, you can dispose of your end-of-life electronics at no charge and be assured they will be recycled responsibly.

14. Can I get used computer parts from EPRA Nova Scotia?

No.  To ensure that all electronics collected at EPRA Drop-off Centres are responsibly recycled within our approved and audited downstream processing network, EPRA Nova Scotia does not permit the reuse of electronic equipment or parts once a customer has dropped them off.

15. How does EPRA Nova Scotia 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. 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

18. Where can I return my used electronics?

End-of-life electronics are accepted FREE OF CHARGE at EPRA Drop-off Centres located throughout the province.  Click here to find a location near you, or call our toll free helpline at 1-877-462-8907.

17. If I return my unwanted computer, how do I know my personal information will not be seen or stolen?

Consumers and businesses are responsible for ensuring that all personal data is removed from their electronic devices, prior to dropping them off at one of our collection sites.  If you are unsure how to do this, contact your manufacturer for more information.  While EPRA Nova Scotia requires that all of our recyclers protect data on end-of-life electronics from unauthorized access or theft, it is your obligation to protect your personal information. EPRA Nova Scotia does not accept liability for data or any other digital content that is left on electronic products collected at our Drop-off Centres.

16. Where will my electronics go?

EPRA Nova Scotia manages end-of-life electronics according to the highest environmental standards at every stage of the recycling process.  Once collected and sorted, items are sent to an EPRA-approved recycling facility for dismantling and the removal of any substances of concern for proper downstream management.  All other materials are separated into different streams to recover such parts as metals, plastics and glass so they can be processed into new products.