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Batteries are a fundamental part of our transportation future. Developing a national, integrated value chain is critical to ensure a positive impact on Canadian jobs, supply chain security and competitiveness. This webinar is one episode of a six-part panel discussion series Electric Autonomy Canada is hosting to help explore a vision for a Canadian EV battery supply chain.

The E-waste Race was an idea created by Timmy de Vos as an initiative to help collect e-waste. It is an educational competition between primary schools to collect old electronic devices. Participants of the project get an introductory lecture about recycling and the valuable materials electronic devices contain. Then they start collecting e-waste and the school who collects most e-waste wins an educational and fun school trip.

Designing products to last as opposed to designing them to fail in a short period of time should be at the core of any electronics and appliance manufacturer's blueprint. Find out more what planned obsolescnece means with regards to your everyday electronics and appliances and why this contributes to the global waste issue.  Obsolescence = Profits. Yes, planned obsolescence means more consumption, but we as the consumer have the power of choice, and we could spend our dollars on products that are designed to last.

While electronics provide many benefits to society, the inefficient disposal and re-use of electronic components is complex. Realizing this global issue poses harmful repurcussions to society and the environment, the head of UN agencies with the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development have come together to address this massive problem and simultaneously a major opportunity.

According to the report, global e-waste is on track to reach 120 million tons per year by 2050 if current trends continue.

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.

 

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