Shifting Responsibility from WEEE to Me: Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance Regulations
A new direction in producer responsibility is changing the course for end-of-life electronic equipment (a.k.a. e-waste) management in the province of Ontario. It is happened with used tires and batteries, and we’re about to see it for select electronic equipment. New regulations for producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) come into effect January 1, 2021.
EEE carries precious resources such as gold, silver, and copper that can be recovered and reused continuously without losing their properties. Not only does this reduce our overall carbon footprint and lessen the dependence on mining for new resources, but it also reduces the health and safety implications that come with improperly discarding them.
Until now, the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) has managed collections of electronic waste on behalf of producers. The program has diverted 67 million devices from landfills since the program started in 2009, but that is about to change. Producers of EEE will now be individually legally accountable and financially responsible for collecting, refurbishing, reusing, or recycling their products when consumers decide they’ve reached their end of life. Products include information technology, telecommunications, and audio-visual equipment. Producers can choose to self-comply or work with a producer responsibility organization (PRO), like our team at Ryse Solutions, to help meet their obligations.
With more regulations to come in Canada, it can seem like a dark-winding road to navigate compliance on your own. This is why our team of PRO’s are here to listen and ease businesses through the process, offer clear information, and develop a customized solution that suits the needs of your business. With over 50 years of collective experience, our team at Ryse Solutions is prepared and committed to steering producers in the right direction to advance environmental stewardship for a better, cleaner tomorrow.
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