Regina, SK – The Electronic Products Recycling Association Saskatchewan (EPRA SK) has confirmed a new long-term contract with SARCAN Recycling - furthering a sustainable partnership for the safe and secure collection and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics in Saskatchewan for years to come.
Saskatchewan is an international pioneer in product stewardship for end-of-life electronics. EPRA SK is North America’s first industry-led EPR (extended producer responsibility) program for collecting and responsibly recycling a broad range of regulated electronics such as televisions, computers, and printers. Since 2007 the program has collected 21,000 tonnes of electronics, diverting them from landfill and illegal export. Being the first program of its kind, EPRA SK has always been a leader in championing the cause of e-recycling, both in Saskatchewan and throughout the country.
“This new agreement is the extension of the successful eight-year partnership that has existed between SARCAN and EPRA SK since the e-recycling program began in 2007. Together, with the commitment to ensuring responsible collection and recycling of end-of-life electronics, EPRA SK and SARCAN will continue to positively impact e-recycling within our province,” says Gayleen Creelman.
Creelman is the Program Director of EPRA SK, a not-for-profit, industry-led organization responsible for recycling end-of-life electronics in the province. “We want to ensure that when you are heading to recycle your beverage containers that you recycle your end-of-life electronics as well,” says Creelman.
While SARCAN depots are known for collecting beverage containers, and other products such as paint, the collection of electronics is an important arm of their business that they take very seriously. “We continue to have a strong role in the collection of end-of-life electronics recycling by offering a convenient method for Saskatchewan residents to recycle their electronics through our 71 SARCAN depots.” says Amy McNeil, Executive Director for SARC/SARCAN.
Gayleen Creelman noted that “we view our partnership with SARCAN as something that helps to create a foundation for safe and secure e-recycling in Saskatchewan. We have a good relationship, and I’m happy to see it continue.”
This year, with the continued partnership of the SARCAN network, combined with other Saskatchewan collectors such as participating Staples, Best Buy and Future Shop locations who are part of EPRA SK’s Return to Retail program, EPRA SK is working diligently to provide greater and more convenient access to the residents of Saskatchewan. “Convenience through ever expanding access should lead to more electronics being dropped off for responsible e-recycling in our program. That means that they are diverted from landfill and kept out of our beautiful environment, paying it forward to future generations,” says Creelman.
Monday’s event saw a contract signing between EPRA SK and SARCAN, which officially comes into effect on April 1, 2015. A list of the 71 SARCAN locations, along with the participating retail locations, and the complete list of accepted electronic products are available at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca/sk.
The Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment, attended the event and brought greetings on behalf of the government stating “I’m encouraged to see this partnership continue, furthering the cause of electronic recycling in Saskatchewan.”
There is no charge to residents for dropping off electronic products at SARCAN depots. The program is funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that is charged on the sale of new, designated electronic products. The EHF is not a tax of any kind, and it is not a deposit – these fees are paid at the time of purchase and are used to support the collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics in the province.