Some of the issues surrounding the management of waste electronics include illegal dumping, shipping offshore to developing countries, improper handling or disposal of toxic materials, and inadequate health and safety systems for workers handling and processing this equipment.
To ensure that the products collected through the Return-It Electronics program are recycled in a manner that protects the environment as well as worker's health and safety, all recyclers processing program material will be audited according to Recycler Qualification Office's (RQO) Recycler Qualification Program (RQP)
The Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and associated Recycler Qualification Program were designed to identify the key environmental, health and safety aspects associated with unwanted electronics recycling, and provide a means to assess the recycler’s conformance to these requirements. The ERS is considered the minimum environmental, health and safety requirements for recycling unwanted electronics. It prohibits the land filling of unwanted electronics, improper handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and dumping of any equipment or parts in developing nations.
You can have your EOLE recycled free of charge, simply by dropping it off at an approved collection depot. Click Here to find the collection site nearest you.
After a rigorous environmental audit and assessment process, E-Cycle Solutions, FCM Recycling, and GEEP have been selected as the primary vendors to provide recycling services for the designated end-of-life electronics collected under the Return-It Electronics program in British Columbia.
In addition to these primary recyclers, all of their downstream processors are also subject to the rigorous Recycler Qualification Program to ensure the highest levels of adherence to environmental, occupational health and safety, export and other standards. If you wish to find out more about any of our primary recyclers please visit their sites:
The following recyclers are also approved for our RECYCLER OR PROCESSOR RETURN OPTION:
Recycling of electronics involves processing to recover raw materials such as metals, glass and plastics.
Electronics are usually separated into the following categories:
Ferrous and non-ferrous materials, including steel, aluminum, copper, wires and cables, other metals (brass, bronze, metal fines), plastics, wood and glass (non-leaded). These will be sold to smelters for the production of raw materials.
Cables and wires, printed circuit boards (high, medium and low grade), components, including hard drives, chips and other electronic components.
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), leaded plasma display glass and other leaded glass, rechargeable batteries, non-rechargeable batteries, including alkaline, lead acid, and coin cell batteries on circuit boards, mercury bearing lamps and switches, components containing polychlorinated biphenyls, ink and toner cartridges.
Not all of our recyclers process electronics the same way. Below are the two processes currently undertaken by our recyclers:
|Leaded Glass||Manually and/or mechanically separated, cleaned and processed into cullet for use in glass production||Glass Recovery||Canada / USA / Mexico|
|Manually and/or mechanically separated smelted for reclaim of lead from the glass||Metal Recovery||Canada|
|Non-leaded Glass||Manually separated and processed into cullet for use in glass products or construction materials||Glass Recovery||Canada / USA|
|Mechanically processed and used as a silica flux substitute in the precious metals smelting process||Substitute Resource||Belgium|
|Plastic||Manually and/or mechanically separated, ground, and pelletized||Plastic Recovery||Canada / USA / China|
|Manually and/or mechanically separted and consumed in smelting process||Energy Recovery||Canada|
|Circuit Boards||Manually and/or mechanically separated and smelted for reclaim of precious metals||Metal Recovery||Canada / USA / Belgium / Japan|
|Cables and Wires||Manually and/or mechanically separated and smelted for metal recovery||Metal Recovery||Canada / Belgium / USA|
|Metals||Manually and/or mechanically separated and smelted for reclaim||Metal Recovery||Canada / USA / Belgium / Japan|
|Batteries||Mechanically separated and smelted and metal recovery||Metal Recovery||Canada / USA|
|Mercury Containing Lamps||Mechanical separation of lamps to capture glass, metal and phosphor powder. Phosphor power is further distilled for mercury recovery||Mercury Recovery||Canada / USA|
|Inks & Toners||Cleaned and reconditioned for reuse||Cartridge Reuse||Canada|
|Processed through energy from waste process||Energy Recovery||USA|
|Ethylene Glycol||Manually recovered for refinement and purification||Glycol Recovery||Canada|
|Wood||Mechanically processed for enegy recovery or other disposition||Energy Recovery||Canada|