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New Recycling Program for Electronic Devices

A brand new program for recycling small electronic devices and ink cartridges is now offered by the City at the Aquatic Centre, in cooperation  with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA-Québec).

Electrobac is a recycling program for electronic products that have reached the end of their useful life. The Electrobac is for chargers and cables, peripherals, small electronics and ink cartridges.

Two hundred and thirty bins are located throughout Québec in a network that includes grocery stores, malls, sports centres, office towers, hospitals and universities.

This free program with no administrative costs helps improve an organization’s sustainable development performance, which can help it receive environmental certifications from LEED Canada, ICI ON RECYCLE and BOMA BEST.

How does it work?

  1. Users dispose of their electronics in the bin.
  2. When the bin is full, a signal is transmitted through a cellular network, leading to pickup.
  3. The Electrobac team collects electronic devices and ink cartridges and sends them to a certified recycling facility.
  4. All data on electronic devices are erased.
  5. Electronic devices are recycled or refurbished.
  6. Electrobac issues a detailed report on the quantities and types of electronic devices collected.

All of the material collected is sent to facilities certified by the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO). Data on devices or electronic media are fully and permanently destroyed either by physical means (when the device is to be recycled) or by means of software designed for this purpose (when it is to be reused).

The RQO verifies that the facility complies with high standards related to the recycling and refurbishing of materials and the destruction of personal data. It also makes sure that electronic waste is not exported to developing countries.

Electronic devices that are still functional are refurbished and redistributed. Non-functional items are recycled.

For more details, visit www.electrobac.com.