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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Resource October 15, 2020

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.

AMO staff explain the new Electrical and Electronics Regulation. AMO is joined by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who are entering the field and competing for business from municipal governments. October 15, 2020


Dave Gordon
Senior Advisor, Waste Diversion


Amber Crawford
Policy Advisor