Our recent survey showed that people are not sure about recycling televisions and computers.
A wide variety of electronic items including televisions and computers and their parts are accepted by the Recycling Centre at 9 Timber Lane.
A complete list can be found at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca/mb. 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. Almost 28 metric tons was shipped from Flin Flon in 2015.
The Recycling Centre has been involved with electronics recycling since 2009. It was a summer program only for the first three years and funded by Green Manitoba which is part of government.
Manufacturers and retailers of electronic products took over responsibility through a non-profit organization called Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) in August 2012. It is required by law to ensure electronics are recycled responsibly in a way that is safe for the workers and the environment.
The electronics don’t end up in landfills or shipped overseas.
Electronics recycling conserves resources as the plastics, glass and metals including precious metals are recovered and sold to make new materials.
An environmental handling fee (EHF) is added to eligible electronic items at the store to fund the program. It is not a tax collected by government or a deposit that will be returned.
The EPRA uses this money to cover the cost of recycling electronics. They pay the Recycling Centre for collecting and storing electronics and shipping costs.
Items can be dropped off at the Recycling Centre at any time. Centre staff can assist weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.