February 2015

Now is that time of the year, between the excitement of the holidays and the rush of Spring, that we often find a quiet moment for reflection.  Now, you may not find yourself reflecting on the state of the electronics recycling industry in British Columbia.  But I do.  A lot. Particularly, today I want to help dispel a few myths about electronics recycling in BC and hopefully help divert even more hazardous waste out of our landfills.  Myth: Environmental Handling Fees are just a hidden tax by the government. The fees are actually collected by the industry in accordance with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA).  The EPRA is a national not-for-profit entity that oversees the recycling of electronics in Canada.  The fees do not go to the government at all, and 100% goes to pay for the administration, collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of electronics. Myth: Recycled electronics simply get shipped overseas...