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Electronics disposal has never been easier

(NC) It feels good to spring-clean and clear the house of clutter. So this year, why not savour that liberated feeling by cleaning out one more big pile?

Cast your attention on old and obsolete electronic items that may be languishing in the basement or in the back of closets, and then dispose of them at authorized locations where they may even be put to good use.

Did you know that when electronic items (like cameras, televisions, printers, and tablets) are responsibly recycled, a lot of raw materials are harvested for future products? As importantly, if you are the one who takes charge of all the household recycling, you will know with certainty that all of the electronics discarded by your family will never get into Canadian soil to contaminate the environment.

In every province now for several years, the safe and secure disposal of electronics is both easy and convenient, says the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), an industry-led not-for-profit organization that operates and regulates programs across the country. Today, there are well over 1,000 authorized EPRA collection sites across Canada, including their own Drop-off Centres, plus return-to-retail locations and special recycling events. As a result of this initiative, more than 100,000 metric tonnes of old electronics have been diverted from landfills every year – and that, they say, is roughly equivalent to the weight of 20,000 elephants.

Recycling responsibly keeps contaminants out of Canada's soil, water and air, but it also contributes to keeping more of the planet clean. EPRA points out that when electronics are disposed of in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner, it prevents them from being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers.

So if you are similar to the 80% of survey respondents who said they have at least one end-of-life electronic item in their home, think of the benefits all around if you start your spring cleaning this year with Click on your home province, for an informative video and for additional information, including the drop-off locations in your community.

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