The province of Ontario has enacted the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act of 2016. The Act requires producers of covered information technology, telecommunications, and audio-visual (ITT/AV) equipment, whose products are sold into the province, to participate in a recycling program.
Producers, either individually, or as part of a producer responsibility organization (PRO), must establish and manage a plan to collect, transport and process covered ITT/AV equipment generated by Ontario consumers. A list of covered ITT/AV equipment is below. Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLGA) is a registered PRO in compliance with the Act.
See below for:
- a list of Covered ITT/AV Equipment
- a list of Collection Sites where Ontario consumers can drop off covered ITT/AV equipment
- information about Additional Collection Services offered by RLGA and its processor partners
- a description of Resource Recovery Activities RLGA’s processor partners are utilizing to manage collected ITT/AV equipment
For general information about the Act, please see the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority’s website.
Information technology, telecommunications, and audio-visual equipment (ITT/AV) include*:
- printers (desktop & floor-standing), including printer cartridges
- video game devices
- telephones, including cellular phones
- display devices
- radios & stereos
- headphones & speakers
- cameras, including security cameras
- video recorders
- drones with audio-visual recording equipment
- musical instruments & audio recording equipment
- peripherals & cables used to support the function of ITT/AV, including charging equipment
- handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices
- parts of ITT/AV equipment sold separately, such as hard drives
*Equipment cannot weight more than 250 kilograms.
Collection site hours and equipment accepted vary by site, contact each to verify information. Click here to view the list.
RLGA can provide many EEE collection services outside of EEE collection sites, including:
- scheduled pickup services for the disposal of IT and electronic devices to industrial, commercial, and institutional clients for varying volumes of equipment
- community collection events
- ongoing pickup services from businesses, hospitals, and public organizations
- drop off and pick up of a temporary collection bin to provide an easy drop off point for buildings that need to get rid of large quantities of unwanted electronics in a short period of time
- direct shipment of material and devices to our processors via courier
- drop-offs at processor facility (by appointment only)
- school and community group fundraising
- onsite white glove service for decommissioning, audit, packing, consolidation, and transportation services for IT and electronic devices*
- data erasure, serial number capture and shredding of materials at a customer’s location*
*A charge may apply for this service. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RLGA’s processor partners are R2, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified and audited annually by RLGA to ensure compliance to the highest standards. Processing activities will follow the hierarchy of reuse/refurbishment before recycling and recycling before any type of disposal.
Incoming equipment is evaluated to maximize value and resource recovery by first determining if material can be refurbished and resold (data-bearing devices are securely wiped, erased, and tested).
End of life processing includes sorting, separation, and disassembly of material via manual and mechanical processes to generate commodities that are sent to local and international downstream vendors for recycling and reuse.
For example, circuit boards are sent to precious metal refineries and foundries to be melted down for reuse into other products. CRT glass from televisions is sent to specialized processors or metals smelters that recycle the material for reuse. Typical resource recovery activities the most common types of material generated from ITT/AV equipment include:
- Plastics: End market include domestic and international approved outlets which refine the plastic by granulating/pelletizing so it can be reused
- CRT Glass: lead smelters. Additionally, the panel glass does not contain lead and can be sent to various processors that use this type of glass for applications such as abrasives and other industrial uses.
- Ink/toner cartridges: specialty recycler
- Batteries: specialty processors
- Mercury bearing: mercury retort
- Circuit boards and precious metals: sent to refineries and foundries