I was asked recently if the Recycling Centre recycles electronics. The answer is yes.
Electronics are accepted from all sources.
Old televisions, VCR’s, computers and all their parts and many other things can be recycled. A complete list can be found at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca. Be sure the item is on the list before bringing it to the Centre.
The ewaste is packaged and shipped to Exner Ewaste, a Manitoba company that meets high safety standards for recycling electronics. Twenty-seven metric tons was shipped from Flin Flon in 2014.
The Recycling Centre has been involved with electronics recycling since 2009. It was a summer program only the first three years, funded by Green Manitoba, a government department.
Manufacturers and retailers of electronic products formed a non-profit organization called Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA). It took over electronics recycling August 1, 2012. This was done to ensure electronics don’t end up in landfills or illegally shipped overseas.
Recycling these items conserves resources as the plastics, glass and metals including precious metals like gold are put back into the making new items. It ensures toxic substances like mercury and lead are recovered and taken care of safely. This means it is safe for workers and the environment.
An environmental handling fee (EHF) is added to eligible electronic items when purchased to fund the program. It is not a tax, not collected by government and is not a deposit that will be returned. It is collected by the EPRA to cover the cost of recycling the item purchased. EPRA pays for handling and shipping.
Items can be dropped off on the Recycling Centre dock at any time. Centre staff can assist weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.