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Electronic Waste Recycling

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WHEREAS the problem of electronic waste (e-waste) is becoming epidemic – up to 67,000 tons of electronic waste (PCs, printers, TVs/monitors) is placed in landfills yearly in Canada alone; AND WHEREAS e-waste is extremely toxic and hazardous and should be properly diposed of – e-waste contains many toxic materials such as lead, beryllium, cadmium and flame retardants and is becoming a hazard to landfill workers and to the surrounding environment; AND WHEREAS many world-wide organizations, such as the European Union, have started recycling centres – in Canada there is Electronics Product Stewardship Canada, Alberta has recently enacted legislation for a provincial e-waste program to start October 1, 2003, and some e-waste programs include a refurbishing and replacement of older equipment to schools, both locally and abroad: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of British Columbia Municipalities urge the Province of British Columbia to pass legislation and set up an e-waste recycling program at the earliest possible time; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this legislation and subsequent program work in conjunction with the local municipalities’ recycling programs.

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