Electronics recycling program in full swing

Representatives from the environmental club from George Street Middle School in Fredericton participated in the launch of the New Brunswick electronics recycling program. From left to right: Grade 8 students Joel Peterson, Josh Wile and teacher Julie Roe.

Electronics recycling program in full swing

Fredericton –New Brunswickers are recycling their unwanted electronic devices and equipment safely and conveniently.

The new electronics recycling program began on March 30, 2017 and already residents are dropping off their end-of-life electronics, helping to pay it forward environmentally across the province.

Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle, Q.C. joined Recycle NB and the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) at Best Metals in Fredericton, New Brunswick for a first-hand look at one of the province’s 40 EPRA authorized Drop-off Centres.

“We listened and we are getting things done by establishing an electronics 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 Environment and Local Government Minister, Serge Rousselle. “This program will also contribute to the province’s green economy and I am very proud of the work Recycle NB has achieved in collaborating with EPRA in order for this initiative to take shape in New Brunswick.”

Instead of putting their old electronic devices and equipment out with the trash, residents can bring them, free of charge, to the 40 Drop-off Centres across the province. Items that can be recycled include: 

Televisions,

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 other similar handheld devices not capable of connecting to the Internet,

Digital cameras, and analog or digital video cameras.

“We are very pleased with the response to the program,” said 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.”

EPRA manages and operates the program on behalf of the electronics industry brand owners.

 “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. Plus, recovered materials from electronics that are recycled through EPRA go back into the manufacturing supply chain so that fewer natural resources are required,” said Cliff Hacking, President and CEO of EPRA.

By October EPRA will have expanded the number of Drop-off Centres across the province to 55.

Information on the EPRA New Brunswick program is available online at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca/nb

During the visit to Best Metals, representatives from the environmental club from George Street Middle School in Fredericton participated in the launch of the New Brunswick electronics recycling program. Students from George Street Middle School run a very active environmental club and have led numerous successful recycling initiatives within their school and community.

As the agency responsible for designated materials in New Brunswick, Recycle NB oversees the electronics program.

Information on Recycle NB and its programs is available online at www.recyclenb.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473, Marc André Chiasson, communications, Department of Envrionment and Local Government, 506-444-2447, EPRA Tracey Stephenson, tstephenson@m5.ca, 506.852.7281 506.850.8077