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.