Electronics Recycling FAQ

1What is Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES)?
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that operates the regulated recycling program in Ontario. We ensure that end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner.
2How is the Ontario Electronic Stewardship program funded?

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are applied on the sale of all new electronic products regulated in Ontario. It’s 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.

Effective February 1, 2019, the Ontario Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) has been changed to $0.00.

The EHF is being changed to $0.00 in advance of the wind up by the current electronics recycling program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) on December 31, 2020.

For further information on OES program wind up, click here.

Questions? Contact us: oeswindup@ontarioes.ca

3Is the Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) a tax?
The Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) is not a tax. The Environmental Handling Fees you pay when purchasing regulated electronic products are industry levied and used to fund the responsible recycling of unwanted electronics through the OES program.
4How does Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) ensure that electronics are recycled responsibly?

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) ensures that electronics are recycled responsibly through our network of drop-off locations in order to protect the environment as well as worker health and safety.

OES 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.

This means that all OES verified recyclers must be actively processing material that is entrusted to them by OES. Further, our Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) verifies the recyclers against the ERS requirements. This ensures that recyclers are maintaining appropriate environmental, health and safety controls, and are properly handling all materials. For more information, visit www.RQP.ca

5How do I know my personal information on my device will not be seen or stolen?

There are some very simple steps to follow to ensure the personal information on your won't be seen or stolen. Consumers and businesses are responsible for ensuring that all personal data is removed from their electronic devices prior to bringing them to one of our drop-off locations. If you are unsure how to do this, contact your manufacturer for more information. While OES requires that all of our recyclers protect data on electronic products from unauthorized access or theft, it is your obligation to protect your personal information. OES does not accept liability for data or any other digital content that is left on electronic products collected at our drop-off locations.

For more information on how to prepare your device for recycling, visit: https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/on/residential/how-to-wipe-your-device

6Where will my electronics go?
When you bring electronics to an authorized Recycle My Electronics drop-off location they go through a number of steps during the recycling process, Once collected and sorted, items are sent to an OES-approved recycling facility for dismantling and the removal of any substances of concern for proper downstream management. All other materials are separated into different streams to recover such parts as metals, plastics and glass so they can be processed into new products. Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) manages end-of-life electronics according to the highest environmental standards at every stage of the recycling process.