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Nova Scotia recycled 4,000 tonnes of electronics in 2019

Waste Reduction Week runs from October 19-25, and challenges consumers to rethink what they contribute to landfills
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This Waste Reduction Week, rethink what you contribute to landfills. 

Electronics are packed with resources that need to be recovered and recycled, and according to the Electronic Products Recycling Association, it's never been easier. 

Gerard MacLellan is the non-profit's executive director and says the majority of electronics can be recycled. 

"We can recycle probably over 90 per cent of every electronic item that is out there on average," he says. "There is a lot of material in there such as steel, aluminum, copper, and precious metals like gold and silver, but all of the plastic and glass, all of that can be recycled into new products."

He says the Electronic Products Recycling Association collected close to 4,000 tonnes of electronics last year in Nova Scotia alone. 

"And for a small province that is a considerable number," he says. 

Nova Scotia passed legislation effective this past January, that expanded the list of accepted electronics list to things like microwaves, e-book readers, and GPS devices. 

MacLellan says these items can be dropped off at one of 75 locations it services across the province. 

"People can drop them off free of charge," he says. "If you have an old TV, computer or cellphone, just please drop it off at one of our centres, and they would be more than happy to take it off your hands and have it recycled."

Visit to find a drop-off location near you.

Katie Hartai

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