A major milestone has been reached by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) Saskatchewan.
EPRA says they have now recycled over 25,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics (EOLE) since the program started in 2007.
“We’re thrilled with the uptake from Saskatchewan residents who have been so enthusiastic about the program for the past nine years,” said Gayleen Creelman, who is the program director for EPRA Saskatchewan.
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“To put that amount in perspective, 25,000 MT is more than the weight of 150 Statues of Liberty.”
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EOLE products include televisions, computers, audio and video devices and tablets.
They are collected at 72 SARCAN locations across Saskatchewan and recycled back into the manufacturing supply chain so fewer natural resources are needed to make new products.
“There is always more that we could be recycling and diverting from landfill and our beautiful environment,” said Creelman, who added that recent polls indicate 80 per cent of people in the province are hanging on to EOLE’s.
“I encourage every Saskatchewan resident to drop-off these items for recycling through EPRA.”
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EPRA is also teaming up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the takeback to touchdown partnership, which encourages people to show how green they are by recycling electronics.
“In Saskatchewan, we’ve been the leader when it came to product stewardship for EOLE, and together with the people of Saskatchewan we will continue leading the way long into the future,” Creelman said.