Electronic Stewardship Program, Canada’s Special Computer Plan

The Electronic Stewardship Program is Canada’s answer to helping keep electronic components and as many things connected with computers, music players or other plug and play type machinery out of their landfills. Through this program, there are approximately 44 products which are eligible for a change from their existing situation to one that would be beneficial to someone and not in the landfill. This organization is in charge of recycling, reusing and refurbishing many of the electrical games, computers or other type appliances that might have filled a space in the ground but is now able to be used where they are needed most.This approach to recycling electrical items began as a two step process. The first step took place in April of 2009 with the remainder of the procedure taking hold in April of 2010. The first part was to address issues of electronics such as computers, both desktop and portable, monitors and all computer paraphernalia such as mice and keyboards, fax machines, printers and televisions. The second stage gathered all the information and set out to help people recycle and reuse things like cameras, telephones, cell phones, radios, equalizers and amplifiers and video recorders are just an example of the long list of items.The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program and plan (WEEE) falls under the waste diversion act which means that some electronic equipment will be diverted from the landfills into usable resources. Refurbishing old computers so they are almost like new is one way to help the environment and keep the computers out of the landfills. Once they have been refurbished, they could be reused in schools or prisons or places that have a hard time finding the funding to purchase new computers.The group is a non-for-profit organization that was formed by some of the leading consumer electronic companies, retail outlets and information technology and consumer electronics equipment companies. The WEEE plan necessitates that first importers, assemblers, franchise owners and brand owners each pay a fee for the EEE, electronic and electrical equipment issued to Canada. These fees are then used by the organization to operate the WEEE program.On average, there is a little over 90,000 tons of electronic equipment accessible for reuse or recycling each year in the Ontario area. Prior to the WEEE program, approximately one-quarter was managed properly. With normal use, electronics that are unwanted pose little or no threat to the environment. Other electronic equipment might contain mercury and cadmium or lead and if not properly handled, could become hazards to the environment as well as cause safety or health concerns to the public.Based on the number of electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) a designated program participant supplies, this will determine how much responsibility they will have for the WEEE program. The businesses responsible for 100 percent of the fees are called ‘Stewards’ and they send these fees to the organization directly. Any company or individual who has an interest in becoming a Steward should fill out an application first and then, once they are contacted, they will finish the application process through an interview and several questions.When a Steward enters into the program, they are required to send in a special report on a monthly basis. These reports cover the extent at which the EEE is reused, recycled and refurbished back into the community. It is part of the agreement the Stewards sign when they come on board with this type of program. They agree to all the terms and conditions in helping out the organization in keeping these types of items out of landfills and helping the environment in any way they can.The Electronic Stewardship Program is Canada’s special recycling plan to help lower landfill items. It also helps those less fortunate in that they receive these refurbished and recycled items either free or very low cost. This program has proven in it short existence to be a win-win situation for many people: the venders and manufacturers and the community who benefits from their efforts.