Electronic Waste A Key Landfill Reduction Operation

The Capital Region Service Commission’s Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) landfill, which serves an approximate 125-square kilometre coverage area, works in conjunction with Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), a national entity designed to divert a wide list of items out of the landfill.

The e-waste on-site depot is available Monday through Saturday during regular business hours including 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is a no charge service for the drop-off.

‘We have studied the impact of electronic recycling processes and determined an affiliation with EPRA is in the best interest of the residents and region we serve,’ said SWD general manager, Brett McCrea. ‘EPRA has plenty of experience in e-recycling and the timing was right for our operations to move in this direction. We wanted to ensure there was a proper fit. FRSW has a history of ensuring our programs are sustainable. We have built public trust over 33 years of operations and this is the next positive step for our communities.’

EPRA is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization, that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada. It ensures end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner.

Through its programs, some 100,000-metric tonnes of old electronics are diverted from landfills each year.

End-of-life electronics are dropped off at EPRA authorized collection sites, including drop-off centres, return-to-retail locations and at special collection events, in well over 2,000 locations across the country.

That will now include SWD where the brightly-coloured shipping container storage units will be placed near the easily accessible vehicle belt drop off at the 1775 Alison Blvd. location.

‘We want the process to be easy and simple and our electronic recycling depot will be staffed to ensure the public has help in diverting their products from the landfill,’ said McCrea. ‘We look forward to another positive community operation at our facility.’

The products collected at SWD will be sent for audited and approved specialized recyclers for processing. New technology is used to break down old technology and harvest the raw materials that went into them including glass, plastics, and precious metals like gold and copper. Substances of concern like mercury and lead, are also handled responsibly to protect both the environment, and the health and safety of the workers handling them. The recovered materials are then put back into the manufacturing supply chain and used to make new products.

When residents bring old, end-of-life electronics to FRSW, they are helping to:

  • Keep old electronics out of landfills
  • Prevent them from being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers
  • And recover and recycle valuable resources that can be put back into the manufacturing supply chain
  • It’s impossible to imagine a world today without electronics. Together, we can make sure it’s also impossible to imagine a world where piles of old electronics are sitting in landfills or harming our environment.
  • Using and enjoying electronics today, also means responsibly recycling them for a cleaner tomorrow.

FRSW is a division of Region Service Commission 11.

It is home to landfill, recycling, household hazardous waste, construction and demolition and landfill gas to energy operations in the region.

The following is a list of acceptable items:

  • Display Devices: Televisions and monitors, including various technologies such as Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), flat panel (LCD, LED and plasma) and rear projection.
  • Non-Cellular Telephones: Includes corded and cordless telephones, as well as telephone answering machines.
  • Home Audio/Video Systems: Includes VCRs, DVD and CD players, digital cable and satellite equipment, speakers, amplifiers, receivers, data projectors and similar audio/video systems.
  • Desktop Computers: Desktop computers (including those acting as servers) and all bundled keyboards, mice, cables and internal components.
  • Portable Computers: Includes portable computers such as laptops, netbooks, notebooks and tablets.
  • Computer Peripherals: Includes both wired and wireless manual input devices such as keyboards, mice and trackballs.
  • Desktop Printers: Printers designed to reside on a work surface, including laser and LED, ink jet, dot matrix, thermal, dye sublimation and “multi-function” copy, scan, fax and print devices. Stand-alone desktop scanners and fax machines are also included in this category.
  • Personal/Portable Audio/Video Systems: Includes docking speakers, portable stereos, portable CD players, portable audio recorders, tape/radio players, headphones, digital media (MP3) players, voice recorders, and digital and video cameras.
  • Home Theatre In-A-Box (HTB) Systems: Includes pre-packaged disc player/speaker/amplifier systems for use with video or television display to create a home theatre experience.
  • Vehicle Audio/Video Systems (aftermarket): Includes amplifiers, equalizers, speakers and audio/video components.
  • Cellular Devices and Pagers: Cellular phones, including those offering camera, video recording and/or audio functions, smartphones (cell-enabled), cell-enabled PDAs utilizing touch-screen technology and cell-enabled handheld devices.

*Please contact FRSW’s Recycle Hotline at 453-9938 if you need further information.

*Please note items such as dehumidifiers, freezes, fridges, water coolers are not part of e-waste due to the presence of Freon. Those items are $32+tax ($36.80) to be properly disposed.

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