Q: What is Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) Saskatchewan?
A: EPRA Saskatchewan 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 drop off their unwanted electronics free of charge for responsible recycling at an EPRA Saskatchewan Drop-off Centre.
Q: How is the program funded?
A: EPRA is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are applied on the sale of all new electronic products regulated in Saskatchewan. It’s not a tax, nor is it a refundable deposit. The EHF on each item in the program is based on the actual cost to recycle the materials contained in the product. All program revenue is used for the collection, transportation and responsible recycling of end-of life electronics as well as program administration.
Q: Is the EHF a tax?
A: 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 Saskatchewan program.
Q: Isn’t it important to reuse before recycling?
A: Absolutely. The EPRA Saskatchewan 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 donate them to family members, friends or local charities.
Q: How does EPRA Saskatchewan ensure that electronics are recycled responsibly?
A: EPRA is committed to recycling end-of-life electronics collected through our network of Drop-off Centres in a responsible manner that protects the environment as well as worker health and safety. EPRA only works with recyclers who have been audited and approved under the national Recycler Qualification Program, which is designed by the electronics industry to ensure that electronic waste is managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner. This means that all recyclers working on behalf of EPRA are prohibited from exporting electronics or substances of concern to non-OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) nations, and we neither permit nor support the use of prison labour for processing equipment. In addition, EPRA requires enhanced worker health and safety provisions and downstream accountability.
Further, our Recycler Qualification Office audits each stage of the recycling process to ensure that recyclers are maintaining appropriate environmental, health and safety controls, and properly handling all materials. For more information, visit www.RQP.ca
Q: If I return my unwanted computer, how do I know my personal information will not be seen or stolen?
A: Consumers and businesses are responsible for ensuring that all personal data is removed from their electronic devices prior to bringing them to one of our Drop-off Centres. If you are unsure how to do this, contact your manufacturer for more information. While EPRA Saskatchewan requires that all of our recyclers protect data on electronic products from unauthorized access or theft, it is your obligation to protect your personal information. EPRA Saskatchewan does not accept liability for data or any other digital content that is left on electronic products collected at our Drop-off Centres.
For more information on how to prepare your device for recycling, visit: http://epsc.ca/how-to-prepare-your-device-for-recycling/
Q: Where will my electronics go?
A: EPRA Saskatchewan 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.