Electronic Products Recycling Program launched13 April 2017
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle joined stakeholders and students today to officially launch the new Electronic Products Recycling Program.
“We listened and we are getting things done by establishing an electronic products recycling program for New Brunswickers that will help protect our environment by making industry responsible for its waste and removing harmful materials from our landfills,” said Rousselle. “This program will also contribute to the province’s green economy, and I am proud of the work Recycle NB has achieved in collaborating with the Electronic Products Recycling Association in order for this initiative to take shape in New Brunswick.”
As the agency responsible for designated recyclable materials in New Brunswick, Recycle NB oversees the electronics program.
“We are pleased with the response to the program,” said Pat McCarthy, CEO of Recycle NB. “New Brunswickers wanted a safe, secure way to recycle their electronic devices, and they are making use of the program. Their efforts contribute to protecting our environment and to conserving our resources for future generations.”
The Electronic Products Recycling Association, an industry-led organization, manages and operates the program.
“We are pleased to bring our electronics recycling program to New Brunswick and to provide residents with a convenient and responsible way to handle their electronics at the end of their useful life,” said Cliff Hacking, president and CEO of the association. “Plus, recovered materials from electronics that are recycled through the association go back into the manufacturing supply chain so that fewer natural resources are required.”
The program launch took place at Best Metals, one of 40 authorized drop-off centres around the province. Students from the Environmental Club at George Street Middle School in Fredericton were given a tour of the centre to learn more about the benefits and importance of keeping electronics out of landfills. Through their club, the students have led several successful recycling initiatives within their school and community.
The program began on March 30. Items that can be recycled include:
- desktop, laptop and notebook computers and central processing units
- keyboards, mouse and cables
- computer monitors
- computer desktop printers and desktop printers with scanning or fax capabilities, desktop scanners
- audio and video playback and recording systems
- telephones, cellular phones and other wireless communication devices
- fax machines, personal digital assistants and similar hand-held devices not capable of connecting to the Internet
- digital cameras, and analog or digital video cameras
The association plans to expand the number of drop-off centres to 55 by October.
Information on the program is available online.
Also available online is information on Recycle NB and its programs.