Provinces Tackle e-waste Problem
Disposing of waste electronic equipment (ewaste) is not like disposing ordinary trash. Electronic equipment typically contains hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Historically 90 percent of Canadaâ€™s electronic waste has been sent to landfills. Only 10 percent has been recycled or refurbished.
Lead, cadmium and mercury in the waste threatens landfills and area groundwater. There is a need for a more environmentally friendly approach.