January 3, 2005

Waste Diversion Ontario directed to develop program to keep e-waste out of landfills

TORONTO, ONT-Following up on its draft regulation proposed in November (ELW November 1, 2004), the Ontario government has directed Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to develop a program to prevent electronic and electrical equipment from going to landfills. Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky has asked Waste Diversion Ontario to work with representatives of the industries involved to develop a program which would include more than 50 products, ranging from appliances to computers to cellphones and TVs. Industry representatives have indicated support for such a diversion program. "Sony of Canada Ltd has long endorsed the development of programs to manage end-of-life electronics in an environmentally responsible and economically sound manner," noted Tariq Shameem, the company's senior vice-president, service and engineering and information systems. "We look forward to working with the Minister of the Environment in this important area." Ralph McMillen, vice-president of environmental programs for Hewlett Packard Canada, said, "Hewlett Packard is a leader in design for the environment and in ensuring the recyclability of its products. HP is looking forward to working with the province and Waste Diversion Ontario to develop an effective and efficient e-waste collection and recycling program that maximizes environmental benefit while minimizing costs to consumers."
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