Posted February 23, 2010
Gatineau, Québec, February 22, 2010 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today that the Government of Canada has introduced new measures for the environmentally sound recycling of federal surplus electronic and electrical equipment that has reached its end of life, thereby supporting the e-waste recycling industry in Canada.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that its electronic waste is disposed of in a safe, secure, and cost-effective manner,” Minister Ambrose said. “The government takes this issue very seriously. A key element of the government’s greening operations agenda is the implementation of a strategy to ensure federal e-waste is being disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.”
The Government of Canada has established a standing offer for an initial two-year period with an optional extension of one year. It is expected that up to 2,000 tonnes of e-waste will be recycled through the standing offer on an annual basis. The standing offer covers all electronic and electrical equipment that is not suitable for re-use by Computers for Schools, re-sale through Crown Assets, or that cannot be recycled through existing provincial recycling programs. Equipment includes a wide range of equipment from IT, audio-visual, and laboratory equipment, to appliances and electric tools.
This method of supply was developed following consultations with other government departments, provincial recycling programs, and industry associations. As part of federal efforts to support Canada’s environmental industry, the Government of Canada will continue to consult with recyclers to ensure that future solicitations further promote the development of this emerging industry.
“Disposal of electronic waste is an issue that affects everyone, including private citizens, small and large companies, and all levels of government,” Minister Ambrose said. “Through this initiative, the federal government is taking a proactive approach to the environmental impact of its operations and is encouraging growth and increased environmental accountability within the Canadian electronic waste recycling industry.”