This animated video celebrates the fact Canadians have recycled one million tonnes of electronics through the EPRA/Recycle My Electronics program. It’s a milestone achievement we can all be proud of. Just what does one million tonnes mean? Watch and find out.

By recycling one million tonnes of e-waste through the Recycle My Electronics program, Canadians have made an impact on our shared future by diverting e-waste from landfills and illegal export.

In recycling one million tonnes of e-waste through the program, we’ve ensured the resources inside are recovered, recycled and reused — reducing our overall carbon footprint and lessening our dependence on mining for new resources.

So just what does that mean?

One million tonnes of end-of-life electronics would fill a row of pick-up trucks stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia, all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and back again!

Eighty percent of Canadians have unused electronics at home ready to be recycled. The good news is that it’s never been easier or more accessible to recycle those electronics. The Recycle My Electronics program has a network of over 2,500 drop-off locations throughout the country.

Recycling one million tonnes of electronics is something we can all be proud of and that we can continue to build on. The future is in your hands. Don’t let it go to waste.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of positive things that have happened by recycling one million tonnes of end-of-life electronics?
  2. What are some of the positive effects that happen as a result of recovering resources from our electronics?
  3. How far would one million tonnes stretch if they were put into a row of pick-up trucks?
  4. Many of us have electronics at home that are ready to be recycled. What is this percentage for the average Canadian?
  5. Do you have any electronics at home waiting to be recycled? Go to the Recycle My Electronics Treasure Hunt and find out just how many!