Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
EEE is one of the most rapidly growing waste streams. In the European Union, it is expected to grow by 3-5% per year to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020.
The short lifespans and designed obsolescence of the original products, combined with the toxic components of EEE, make responsible management increasingly challenging. This is of particular concern for municipalities as we are often the backstop to ensure waste is managed properly and does not cause environmental concerns. It is also an increasing health and safety concern for municipalities and other waste management operators given the growing prominence of lithium ion batteries that can cause fires if not properly managed.
Property taxpayers should not be responsible to manage and co-fund a recycling system when they have no influence over the types of materials entering the waste stream, nor do they have the means to create new end markets for recovered EEE. Municipal governments support provincial policies that assign responsibility to those that can most effectively and efficiently drive change – the producer.
- Updated Joint Comments on EEE Regulation. May 12, 2020
- Minister’s Letter to OES and RPRA Extending Wind-Up Timeline. July 2, 2019
- Joint Comments on EEE and Batteries Regulation. June 21, 2019
- WEEE Regulatory Framework Comments from Municipal Governments. February 6, 2019
- Minister’s Wind-Up Letter to RPRA on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. February 8, 2018
- Minister’s Wind-Up Letter to Ontario Electronic Stewardship on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. February, 8, 2018