When old electronics end up in landfills, they pose significant environmental, human health and security risks. We’ve partnered with Recycle My Electronics, a program operated by the Electronics Products Recycling Association (EPRA), to hold electronics recycling collection events. Help us protect our environment and keep your old electronics out of the landfill by bringing them to one of our collection events.
Find a 4-H eRecycling event near you
Dates and locations will be available here starting in October.
Why recycle your end-of-life electronics?
By responsibly recycling end-of-life electronics through EPRA programs, we are helping to:
Reduce the amount of electronics that end up in landfills and prevent them from being illegally exported
Help protect the health and safety of the workers processing the electronics
Conserve natural resources by recovering raw materials that can be used to make new products
How eRecycling works
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.
The products are then sent to 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.
Electronic Products Recycling Association is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada. EPRA ensures that end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner. They keep 100,000 metric tonnes of old electronics out of landfills each year. That’s roughly equivalent to 20,000 elephants.