Electronics Recycling in Québec
CitizensDrop-off point open to citizens. Proof of residence may be required. Please check with the drop-off point.
Citizens & ICIDrop-off point open to citizens as well as industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) businesses. Proof of residence may be required. Please check with the drop-off point.
ElectrobacRecycling bins for small electronics only. For more information, visit www.electrobac.com.
ICIDrop-off point open to industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) businesses. Proof of ICI business address may be required. Please check with the drop-off point.
Retail StoreA “return-to-retail” drop-off point open to citizens. Retail stores usually accept all electronics covered by the Program, regardless of where they were purchased. Some restrictions may apply. Please check with the retail store.
Electronics Recycling At Home
The future is in your hands.
Don’t let it go to waste.™
Our electronics are filled with resources – everything from glass and plastic to gold, silver, copper and palladium – that need to be recovered and recycled and it’s never been easier to do so. There are over 2,500 Recycle My Electronics authorized drop-off points across Canada, including close to 1,000 in Québec.
The Recycle My Electronics program recycles approximately 15.5 million devices a year in Canada and since the program began in 2009, we have recycled approximately 100 million devices. Consider this – recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent of the electricity used by 3,657 homes in a year.
The Earth is reaching out for your help. Will you answer the call?
There are so many good reasons for recycling your end-of-life electronics right here in Québec – here are just a few of them.
When you recycle your end-of-life electronics through a Recycle My Electronics authorized drop-off point you’re:
- Keeping e-waste out of Canadian landfills.
- Confirming the safe and secure destruction of personal data stored on hardware.
- Recovering resources like gold, silver, copper and palladium so they can be recycled to go back into new
- Preventing e-waste from being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers, decreasing
environmental issues for the planet.
- Protecting workers’ health and handlers’ health and safety.
The future is your hands. Don’t let it go to waste.™
The EPRA/Recycle My Electronics program is pleased to announce that over one million tonnes of end-of-life electronics have been diverted from Canadian landfill, saving our land and ensuring safe, secure recycling of end-of-life electronics.
The Importance of Electronics Recycling
Electronics Recycling FAQ
EPRA-Québec is a not-for-profit industry-led organization that oversees a government-approved end-of-life electronics recycling program throughout the province. Residents can drop off their unwanted electronics free of charge for responsible recycling at an EPRA-Québec authorized drop-off point.
EPRA-Québec is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are applied on the cost of all new electronic products regulated and marketed in Québec. 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.
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-Québec program.
No, in accordance with the Regulation, EHFs must be included in the product’s price; they should not be added at the cash register. The retailer may, however, indicate the amount of EHFs included in the product’s price for information purposes. The amount thus indicated must not be higher than the EHFs applicable to that product. See the list of product categories with applicable EHFs.
For more information on how the Regulation is applied or how to display EHFs, please refer to the FAQ (available in French only) available on the Québec Ministry of Environment and the Fight against Climate Change’s website at www.environnement.gouv.qc.ca/matieres/reglement/recup-valor-entrepr/faq.htm.
No, these products are not obligated by the Regulation as they are used solely for data support and do not contain any electronic component. To find out how to dispose of these products, we suggest using the search tool “Ça va où?” developed by RECYC-QUÉBEC that is available at https://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/points-de-recuperation.
For the complete list of products accepted by our program, please see our What Can I Recycle? page.
Absolutely. The EPRA-Québec program is designed to manage end-of-life 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 local charities, as well as authorized Reuse Organizations.
For more information, please see our Reuse or Recycle? page.
EPRA is committed to recycling end-of-life electronic products collected through our network of authorized drop-off points in a responsible manner that protects the environment as well as worker health and safety.
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 .
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 authorized drop-off points. If you are unsure how to do this, contact your manufacturer for more information. While EPRA-Québec requires that all of our recyclers protect data on electronic products from unauthorized access or theft, it is your responsibility to protect your personal information. EPRA-Québec does not accept liability for data or any other digital content that is left on electronic products collected at our authorized drop-off points.
EPRA-Québec 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 metal, plastics and glass so they can be processed into new products.
About the EHF
EPRA-Québec is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are applied on the cost of all new electronic products. 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.
As a recognized industry-led not-for-profit organization, Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) provides environmental compliance programs for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of electronics.
EPRA is responsible for the implementing and operating, on behalf of their stewards, a safe and secure program for the recovery and reclamation of end-of-life electronics.
How To Wipe Your Device
Learn how to wipe your device and other practical tips to secure your data & protect your privacy before recycling your electronic devices.
Before you bring your electronic devices to one of our safe and secure drop-off locations, here are some practical end-of-life electronics recycling tips and suggestions:
- Assess if the electronic device could be given away.
- Ensure the account service for your device is deactivated, if applicable.
- Clear your device of personal information, including removing the SIM card.
Wipe your drives. Clear your SIM cards.
Protect your privacy.
Clear all personal information from computers, cell phones and electronics prior to drop off.
Ensure all memory storage areas have been cleared of private information.
Find out how:
- Consult manufacturer’s website or electronics owner’s manual
- Download data erasure software or data shredding apps
- Ask an expert
What Can I Recycle
Non-Cellular Phones and Answering Machines
Computer and Video Game Peripherals
*These products are accepted by all authorized drop-off points in EPRA-Québec’s network, but are not subject to the EHF.
Desktop Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines, Copiers and Multi-Function Devices
*Floor-standing devices are not accepted by the program. Please contact the manufacturer.
Personal/Portable Audio/Video Systems
Non-Portable Audio/Video Systems
Home Theatre in a Box
Vehicle Audio/Video and Navigation Systems
Cellular Devices and Pagers
Where Can I Recycle?
Our electronics are filled with resources – everything from glass and plastic to gold, silver, copper and palladium – that need to be recovered and recycled, and it’s never been easier to do so. There are over 2,500 Recycle My Electronics authorized drop-off points across Canada, including close to 1,000 in Québec. Our postal code search makes finding your nearest drop-off point even easier. Note: We do not offer a home pickup service.
Myths About Recycling Your End-Of-Life Electronics
Five things most people get wrong about recycling electronics
Ten years ago, most gadget buffs had a desktop, maybe a laptop and probably a cell phone. Today, we can add tablets, smartphones and a myriad of other technological advances to that list. While our tech keeps marching to the future, many of our ideas about how to recycle our gadgets are stuck in the past. Busting these myths helps protect the environment because the resources needed to make new tech currently reside in your old tech.
Myth #1: Obsolete electronics are worthless.
Actually, our everyday electronics contain valuable commodities such as gold, silver, copper and aluminum. Other materials, such as metals, plastics and glass, can be reused in new products.
It’s not safe or profitable to harvest these elements yourself, but Recycle My Electronics — an industry-led, not-for-profit program that operates the regulated recycling in our province — will make sure that end-of-life electronics are handled safely, securely and in a way that’s environmentally sound.
Myth #2: It’s okay to toss electronics in with the household recycling.
The household recycling program is designed to process many kinds of recyclable materials, but not electronics. So where should you put your old devices? Recycle My Electronics has a handy searchable database of authorized drop-off points across the country. Drop-offs are free and environmentally safe.
Myth #3: Unused electronics are often shipped to developing nations, where they become somebody else’s problem.
The Recycle My Electronics program 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.
These partners are prohibited from exporting electronics or substances of concern to non-OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) nations. In addition, they require worker health and safety provisions and downstream accountability.
Myth #4: Products made from recycled materials aren’t as good as those created from scratch.
Glass, silver, copper, aluminum, palladium and plastics can all be recycled and reused continuously without losing their properties. Using recycled materials recovered from electronics to manufacture new products reduces greenhouse gases and the amount of energy used to process raw materials. It keeps substances of concern like lead and mercury out of our ecosystem.
Myth #5: Recycling electronics can put your data at risk.
When your old laptop, phone or computer goes to a recycling facility, it is quickly pulverized to recover its precious metals and other recyclable materials. But to be safe, you should clear your device of any personal information before you drop off your end-of-life electronics. To learn how to wipe the data from your device, check the owner’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for instructions.
It’s never been easier to recycle your end-of-life electronics.