A trailer of electronic waste for recycling was shipped May 8. The goal is to ship at least 10 metric tons or tonnes. This load did not disappoint at 10.4 tonnes.
Electronics recycling is subsidized by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA). It is the Producer Responsible Organization (PRO) for the electronics industry that is required by the government to subsidize the recycling of their products sold in Manitoba.
Recyclable items include computers and attachments, televisions, video recorders, satellite boxes, home and auto sound systems, floor standing printers, telephones and personal audio or video items. Microwaves are the only kitchen appliance that is accepted.
Items can be left at the Centre any time. They should be dropped when the Centre is open if security is an issue as they are locked up at closing time.
The items are stacked on pallets and wrapped for shipping. EPRA provides large bags for small items like cords, phones, keyboards and computer mice.
When we have 25 pallets the EPRA arranges for a semi –trailer to pick them up. They pay the shipping.
We are paid for the work of collecting items, preparing them for shipping and loading by the EPRA based on the weight of the load. The amount paid is $20.00 higher per tonne if the load is over 10 tonnes. We receive between $1,800.00 and $2,200.00 per load.
This program is funded by Environmental Handling fees paid when new items are purchased.
The EPRA program requires that electronics recycling protects the environment and the health and safety of the workers. Local items are shipped to Exner Ewaste in Elie, Mb.
More information is available at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca or www.flinflonrecycling.org.