June 18, 2007

Manitoba sets up network of e-waste collection depots

WINNIPEG, MAN-As part of Manitoba's electronics waste (e-waste) recycling program, 11 temporary collection points have been established at various industrial and other facilities throughout the province. In announcing the locations, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau said, "Approximately $450,000 has been provided in support of this project through the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund and the Urban Development Initiative. The e-waste initiative is a service that is being welcomed with open arms by Manitobans who have been asking for a drop-off point to recycle electronics in an environmentally safe manner," he added. "With one of the highest rates in Canada, household recycling is a success story in Manitoba," Conservation Minister Stan Struthers noted. E-waste depots will accept the following materials free of charge from residential sources only: TVs, VCRs, stereos, microwaves, phones, cell phones, computer equipment, laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers and rechargeable batteries. All e-waste collected will be sent for proper end-of-life recycling. No materials will be sent to landfills. The initiative builds on previously-announced producer responsibility initiatives, together with the Electronic Product Stewardship of Manitoba pilot project. Long-term plans for a sustainable e-waste management program and regulation are planned for later in 2007. More depots in other regions of the province will be announced later this year. Information on locations and drop-off times is available by calling 1-866-460-3118, or on-line at www.greenmanitoba.ca.

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