Launch of an extensive pilot project for recycling electronic and electrical products

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Some communities in the NWT will now be able to recycle an expanded list of electronic devices. Residents of Yellowknife, N’Dilo, Dettah, Hay River, KátÅ‚’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise, Kakisa, Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Providence and Norman Wells will be able to bring an extensive list of electronic and electrical products to their recycling depots. over the next two years. More than 500 electronic and electrical products can now be recycled in these communities.

The Electronic and Electrical Product Recycling Pilot (E-Pilot) expands on the GNWT’s current electronics recycling program, which has collected a total of 350 tonnes of electronics since its launch in 2016. The Expanding the list of what can be recycled will mean even more products will be diverted from our landfills.

Over the next two years, the GNWT will use the E-Pilot to establish logistics and assess the amount of materials likely to be recycled annually and the costs associated with their handling, transportation and recycling. This information will be important in helping to design a stand-alone program to best manage this expanded suite of products.

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“Electronic waste is a growing category that has enormous environmental and economic potential if managed wisely. This expanded pilot program will help prevent hazardous materials from contaminating our land and water, and keep resources out of our landfills. This pilot program will provide us with valuable data to use as we continue to work towards a sustainable future in the Northwest Territories.

– Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Fast facts

  • The Electronic and Electrical Product Recycling Pilot (E-Pilot) will be available in Yellowknife, N’Dilo, Dettah, Hay River, KátÅ‚’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise, Kakisa, Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Providence and Norman Wells .
  • The expanded list contains over 500 products in seven major categories: small appliances and lighting; audio-visual; telecommunications apparatus; electric and pneumatic tools; games, toys and music; lawn and garden; and solar panels.
  • The existing electronics recycling program in the Northwest Territories will continue. As of 2016, residents can recycle televisions and monitors, computers and servers, laptops, tablets and laptops, as well as printers, copiers, scanners and faxes at recycling depots and participating fundraising events. In 2019-2020, this program collected approximately 80.5 tonnes of eligible electronic devices, or approximately 1.8 kilograms per person.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Jessica Davey-Quantick

Communications planning specialist

Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]

Phone number ext. 53046

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