Electronic Recycling in Saskatchewan
Electronics recycling is governed by The Electronic Equipment Stewardship Regulations which requires first sellers such as retailers, distributors, and manufacturers (stewards) of regulated products to manage those products at the end of their useful life. This can be done by a steward itself or a group of stewards can use a third-party to manage its obligation. In Saskatchewan, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) provides this service on the stewards’ behalf.
EPRA is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization which is responsible for implementing and operating, on behalf of its stewards, the Product Stewardship program approved by the Government of Saskatchewan. This program covers the recovery and reclamation of electronic products, in accordance with the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP).
Saskatchewan is an international pioneer in product stewardship for end-of-life electronics by way of introducing North America’s first industry-led EPR (extended producer responsibility) program for collecting and responsibly recycling a broad range of regulated electronics. The program first started in 2007.
How is the Program Funded?
EPRA is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) that are applied on the sale of all new electronic products regulated in Saskatchewan. It is not a tax nor is it a refundable deposit. The EHF on each item in the program is based on the actual cost to recycle the materials contained in the product. All program revenue is used for the collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics, as well as program administration.
A list of EHFs for various electronic products is available on the EPRA website here.
What Electronics Can Be Recycled?
No matter how old, just about everything from televisions to computers to microwaves can be recycled. Electronics are filled with resources – everything from glass and plastic to gold, silver, copper, and rare earth metals – that can be recovered and recycled. Old electronics need to be kept out of landfills and out of the hands of irresponsible recyclers or those that may illegally export them.
A detailed list of what electronics can be recycled in Saskatchewan is available on EPRA’s website at https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/what-can-i-recycle/.
Where Can Electronics be Recycled?
Qualifying electronic devices can be dropped off at any one of SARCAN’s 72 depots across the province or contact EPRA directly for large volume commercial pickups. Through a network of drop-off locations throughout the province, community collection events, and businesses, residents of Saskatchewan can drop off their electronics for safe and secure recycling. Information on drop-off locations and events can be found at https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/
What Happens to the Electronics?
Once collected and sorted, items are sent to an EPRA-approved recycling facility for dismantling and the removal of any substances of concern for proper downstream management. EPRA only works with recyclers who have been verified under the national Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), which was designed by the electronics industry to ensure that end-of-life electronics are managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner and that the health and safety of workers and handlers is protected. The resources that are recovered and recycled are put back into the manufacturing supply chain.
To find out more visit https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/ or call 306-242-6006.