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Survey: Many Canadians Not Recycling Electronics Properly


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, protection, recycling )

Cher
- 687 days ago - greenerideal.com
"Almost 10 million Canadians are likely to give electronic gifts this holiday season, but at the same time, we're seeing that close to the same number of Canadians may not know what to do with old electronics," said Andrew Barrett,



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Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 11:26 am
Although I do not know of any electronic graveyards in my area, I wouldn't be surprised if the US is not in the same situation.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 11:58 am
I don't know about anyone else but I'm always looking for ways to dispose of things such as used appliances and paint cans for example.
 

Julie E. (370)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:11 pm
Oh I'm sure this happens everywhere. People are lazy. It would be great to have someone pick these items up from people that can not dispose of them properly themselves.
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:12 pm
We ALL need to think about this! Best Buy stores here will take your old electronics....are they in Canada?
 

Christeen Anderson (538)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:26 pm
We need to all take action on this. Almost everything today can be recycled. Thank you.
 

Aaron Bouchard (139)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:43 pm
Noted thanks
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 3:18 pm
Thanks Cher. I suspect it isn't only Canadians who don't do this sort of thing well enough.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 5:30 pm
signed and noted
 

Joan McAllister (1064)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:44 pm
People are just lazy, it is easier to just dump it at a trash bin, than to take it to a recycling depot, just let someone else take care of it, Noted
 

Michael O. (173)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:51 pm
Many Canadian provinces now impose Environmental handling fees (EHFs) at the time of the purchase of any electronic device, in order to help defray the cost of proper disposal at the end of the product's life.

On October 1, 2012, my home province of Quebec joined seven other Canadian provinces that charge EHFs to consumers, but Quebec’s hits pocketbooks the hardest. The fees are built into the price tag on electronics items. For instance, a 29-inch TV, which averaged about $300 in Quebec, now costs an additional $42.50 after the EHF is applied. In Ontario, the same TV would have an EHF of $25; in Alberta – just $10.80.
 

Dave C. (224)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:50 am
not surprised......but suspect we'd find this in many other countries, too....
 

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 2:51 pm
There is no excuse for this in Canada. We have a municipal number of 311 to call for such advise. We have all sorts of places to take stuff, or even give back to companies like Staples or BestBuy, it seems to us that it is just absolute laziness on the part of the creeps who contribute to destroying the environment.
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:00 am
This is not just a Canadiian problem, it's worldwide. Only few nations recycle responsibly. Most electronic items end up in third world countries and China. Most China goods are made of recycled plastic cocktails and are absolutely useless. Big industrie and entrepreneurs are cashing in on this and take away our jobs to make China a ruthless power for little return into their big pockets. I call them traitors and maggots. They are the ones that will destroy our lifestyle to preserve their own greed and make China a ruthless power. The USA will be Micky Mouse and the sleeping tiger will consume them.
 
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