Bring out your dead microwaves, your threadbare tires, that vacuum that hasn’t sucked quite right since the late ‘90s — starting today, Yukoners will be able to recycle their e-waste and tires without paying a fee when they drop them off.
The head of Recycle NB wants to get the word out about the province's electronics recycling program.
CEO Pat McCarthy said the organization has collected fewer old and unused products than expected about three quarters the way through the program's inaugural year. The Electronic Products Recycling Association (ERPA), a not-for-profit, industry-led organization, launched the free drop-off program in March 2017.
The world produced 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste in 2016, according to a new United Nations report. That’s equivalent to the weight of 4,500 Eiffel Towers. Laid out in a line, the waste would stretch from New York to Bangkok and back ― about 17,300 miles.
In the digital age, we're inundated by gadgets — each one newer, faster, shinier than before. Drooling over the iPhone X? Or maybe you're in the market for a voice-activated 'smart speaker' like Amazon's Echo?
But what happens to all the products rendered obsolete by the latest crop of electronics?
Electronic waste rose to a record 45 million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a U.N.-backed study showed on Wednesday.
As more people worldwide join the information and digital society, and the lifetimes of devices decreases, electronic waste is piling up, posing a new environmental threat. But a new report shows how our discarded devices are a valuable resource worth billions.
Waste arises ubiquitously, but unevenly, throughout the lives of electronics, not only when users discard their devices. No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Your smartphone is far more powerful than the NASA computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, but it is also an energy hog.
In computing, energy use is often considered a secondary problem to speed and storage, but with the rate and direction of technological advancement, it is becoming a growing environmental concern.
How valuable is that old cell phone or desktop computer? There are precious metals inside that a Saskatoon start-up has figured out how to extract. The company has grown and moved their main plant to Calgary. But the co-founding chemist remains in this city
According to the United Nations, 41.8 million metric tonnes of e-waste were generated around the globe in 2014. Of that enormous number, 725 metric tonnes were generated by Canadians.