Report offers comprehensive look at Canadian WEEE collection

Report offers comprehensive look at Canadian WEEE collection

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Ontario-based CM Consulting has released an in-depth look at the state of e-scrap collection in Canada, and it presents some notable province-by-province program comparisons.

"The Canadian WEEE Report," which was funded by Canadian government bodies as well as industry stakeholders and environmental groups, is one of the latest efforts to try to assess how a nascent area of public policy is progressing. The group's research shows that Ontario leads Canada in terms of weight collected per capita and spends less per ton than any other province.  Saskatchewan, meanwhile, leads the way when it comes to getting the word out about its program to residents.

Those facts, and others, emerge in the report's "Provincial Program Summaries" section. The text lays out the framework each province is using to handle WEEE and also shows basic statistics including the total weight of material collected, the number of collection sites available and resident awareness of the program. The following chart demonstrates how the six provinces with the most developed WEEE programs compare in key areas:

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The remaining four Canadian provinces -- Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland/Labrador -- are not included in the breakdown because their collection programs have either yet to launch or have been operating for less than a year, according to the report.

Canada in recent years has made strides in coordinating provincial WEEE efforts through the Electronic Products Recycling Association, an industry-led nonprofit group that is now helping to lead WEEE collection in seven of the 10 provinces. Ontario relies on its own nonprofit industry organization, Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

As more governments aim to introduce legislation and programs to collect e-scrap, generating comparisons and best practices is growing increasingly important. In the U.S., the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse recently announced it is undertaking a study to assess program awareness among residents in the 25 states with electronics recycling laws on the books.

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