The landfill, which serves an approximate 125-square kilometre coverage area, will work in conjunction with Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), a national entity designed to divert a wide list of items out of the landfill.
‘We have studied the impact of electronic recycling processes and determined an affiliation with EPRA is in the best interest of the residents and region we serve,’ said FRSW general manager, Brett McCrea. ‘EPRA has plenty of experience in e-recycling and the timing was right for our operations to move in this direction. We wanted to ensure there was a proper fit. FRSW has a history of ensuring our programs are sustainable. We have built public trust over 33 years of operations and this is the next positive step for our communities.’
EPRA is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization, that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada. It ensures end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner.
Through its programs, some 100,000-metric tonnes of old electronics are diverted from landfills each year.
End-of-life electronics are dropped off at EPRA authorized collection sites, including drop-off centres, return-to-retail locations and at special collection events, in well over 2,000 locations across the country.
That will now include FRSW where the brightly-coloured shipping container storage units will be placed near the easily accessible vehicle belt drop off at the 1775 Alison Blvd. location.
‘We want the process to be easy and simple and our electronic recycling depot will be staffed to ensure the public has help in diverting their products from the landfill,’ said McCrea. ‘We look forward to another positive community operation at our facility.’
The products collected at FRSW will be sent for audited and approved specialized recyclers for processing. New technology is used to break down old technology and harvest the raw materials that went into them including glass, plastics, and precious metals like gold and copper. Substances of concern like mercury and lead, are also handled responsibly to protect both the environment, and the health and safety of the workers handling them. The recovered materials are then put back into the manufacturing supply chain and used to make new products.
FRSW is a division of Region Service Commission 11.
It is home to landfill, recycling, household hazardous waste, construction and demolition and landfill gas to energy operations in the region.
*Please contact FRSW’s Recycle Hotline at 453-9938 if you need further information.