Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream. Discarded electronic items can contain chemicals and heavy metals that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of properly. Many components can also be broken down and recycled into secondary raw materials to manufacture new products.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is looking at what can be done to manage electronic waste in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Our aim is to develop and deliver an effective, efficient, transparent, accountable, and self-sustaining electronic waste (e-waste) refurbishing and recycling program for residents of the NWT. In order to develop such a program, ENR commissioned a study to help find out how much e-waste may be accumulating in the NWT, how much is generated on an annual basis, and if developing an e-waste program is feasible. We are pleased to share the findings of this study with you.
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In Spring 2012, ENR conducted a survey of household electronic products, and the information was used to help inform part of the Inventory and Feasibility Assessment. Thank-you to all who participated in the survey.