During Québec Waste Reduction Week (October 21 to 29, 2017), the Electronic Products Recycling Association of Québec (EPRA-Québec) wishes to congratulate Quebecers who have contributed to the recovery of over 70,000 metric tonnes of electronics over the past five years, which is equal to over 10 million electronic devices. For EPRA-Québec’s 5th anniversary, the organization is calling on popular scientist Martin Carli to raise awareness among Quebecers regarding the importance of bringing their old electronics to one of close to 1,000 authorized drop-off points across the province. In doing so, consumers can be sure their old devices will be handled in a safe, secure and environmentally sound manner by certified companies.
Despite the miniaturization of electronic products, volumes of collected devices have continued to grow year over year since
EPRA-Québec’s program was launched in July 2012. In 2016, each Quebecer recycled an average of 2.6 kg – that’s over 21,500 tonnes of products recycled or directed for reuse. Among all the items recovered over the past five years, some of the most popular devices in Quebec include TV sets and cathode-ray tube computer monitors, wireless remote controls, keyboards and printers.
“Quebecers have really stepped up to the plate! Since our recycling program was created five years ago, over 10 million electronic devices have been kept out of landfills,” said Martin Carli. “We can’t imagine our lives without electronics. We must remember, however, to dispose of them responsibly and sustainably. These devices should never end up in the trash, the recycling bin or at the curb! Over 150 products are accepted by the program, so why not take advantage of Québec Waste Reduction Week to bring your old electronics to an authorized drop-off point anywhere in Québec, free of charge.”