Many electronic devices become waste after only a few short years of use.
In Canada, all provinces have programs to recycle electronic waste. The majority of these are operated by Electronic Products Recycling Association, an industry, non-profit organization.that follows strict standard for how electronics are handled. These standards focus on worker safety, data security, and responsible e-waste recycling.
Once collected, electronics are assessed and sent to approved recyclers for processing, where they are broken down and sorted into their components. Materials such as glass, plastic, and heavy metals are recovered and put back into the manufacturing stream to make new products.
Electronic devices contain metals such as silver, palladium and copper that can be recyled to make new products and keep potentially harmful electronic waste out of our landfills.