The NWT Electronics Recycling Program launched February 1, 2016. Electronics, such as laptops, desktop computers and printers, are now accepted for recycling. A fee will be charged on these new electronics purchased. These fees will be used to fund the program. A complete list of accepted items and the fees is available.
Since 2013, more than 25 metric tonnes of electronics have been collected as part of the electronics recycling pilot project in Fort McPherson, Norman Wells and Fort Smith.
Why do we need an electronic waste program?
Disposing electronics in community landfills creates unwanted pollution and is a waste of valuable resources. Electronics can contain harmful materials such as brominated flame retardants and halogenated hydrocarbons as well as heavy metals such as cadmium, copper, mercury and lead. When disposed in landfills, burned or left on the land where they are exposed to rain, snow and wind, these items may leach materials harmful to the environment and human health.
Electronics also contain valuable materials such as aluminum, copper, plastics, precious and rare metals, which can be recycled into new products. Recycling old electronics into new products minimizes environmental impacts related to extracting raw materials through mining and other activities.