Flin Flon Recycling Centre began collecting computers and all connected parts, and other electronic waste (e waste) in 2009. The first three years it was a summer program only for residential items only. It has been available year round since 2012. Recycling electronics is important because they contain toxic substances that harm the environment if sent to the landfill. Other parts like metals and plastic can be recycled and used again. In 2013, more than 3,000 metric tonnes of e waste was recycled in Manitoba. When you buy electronic products you pay an Environmental Handling fee. This money is used to make e-waste recycling happen. It goes to EPRA Manitoba, a non-profit organization run by the electronics industry. They pay the Recycling Centre to collect and ship the materials for recycling.
The e-waste stays in Manitoba to be recycled. It is sent to Exner E Waste in Morden which has been inspected and meets standards for safety and for recycling the materials they collect. A list of eligible e waste is available at grocery stores, where red bags are sold, or online at www.recyclemyelectronics.ca.
Broken items that have sharp glass or plastic edges cannot be recycled.
Check the list to see the item you have can be recycled. If it can, drop it off at the Recycling Centre at 9 Timber Lane.
The Recycling Centre stacks the items and wraps them. When there is a truck load they are shipped to Morden. Three loads were sent in 2013 and one was sent this year.
Originally published March 5, 2014. The Reminder. Flin Flon, Mb. Sponsored by North of 53 Consumers Coop.