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Did you know that globally last year, the total amount of electronic waste reached 53.6 million metric tonnes? With such rapid advances in technology and endless new innovative products released every year, electronic waste will quickly become one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world.

This learning module aims to engage students in determining how they can take responsible actions to reduce, reuse, and recycle electronics. If the environment were able to send us a text or give us a call from the future – it would ask us for our help.

OES and Greentec have collaborated to produce Electronic Waste Education modules for Grades 4 – 8. Take your students into the world of E-Waste through interactive videos, articles and activities that uncover the effects of E-Waste over the world.  Teach students the importance of recycling the electronics we depend on everyday!

As of Jan. 1, 2021, producers will be responsible for managing the electronic waste (e-waste) generated by their products, a measure designed to encourage them to practise the 3Rs — reduce, reuse and recycling. This approach is also being implemented for the management of household hazardous wastes and for the blue box.

The fact is that Ontario can and should do much better and these new measures can be a catalyst to improve our performance. It’s not only good for the environment, it’s good for the economy.

The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report found that the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year — equivalent to the the weight of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2, or enough to form a line 125 kilometres long. That's an increase of 21 per cent in five years, the report said.

Just 17.4 per cent of it was recycled, meaning that an estimated $57 billion worth of gold, silver, copper, platinum and other high-value, recoverable materials used as components were mostly dumped or burned rather than being collected for treatment and reuse.

 

iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Our site empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.

iFixit helps thousands of people repair their devices every day. Why do we do it? Because many companies don't provide repair parts and documentation to end users. We believe everyone should have the right to maintain and repair their products.

Donations of used computers are our life-blood and vital to the success of our work. It’s because of the valuable contributions from our donors that we’re able to continue to thrive and achieve our mission. As leaders in environmental stewardship, we focus our efforts on first renewing all computer donations, by working to refurbish each unit to extend their life cycle for additional years of meaningful use.

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