Electronics recycling unaccessible, resident says

Colin MacLean
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AMHERST - As of Feb. 1, 2008, Nova Scotians are now able to drop off their old electronics at 33 recycling locations scattered around the province.

AMHERST - As of Feb. 1, 2008, Nova Scotians are now able to drop off their old electronics at 33 recycling locations scattered around the province.

The Electronic Products Stewardship Program will be funded largely by a new environmental handling fee, which will be added onto the store price of new electronics.

It sounds great to Port Greville resident Ruth Allen. But there is one aspect she isn't happy with.

"I don't mind paying the fee, but I would like to at least have an accessible disposable sight. Spend that money on making it easier for people to get their waste to the facilities," she said.

The closest drop-off site to Allen is in Amherst, roughly an hour away from her home.

Really there is no coverage for the south shore of Cumberland County, she said.

"Everybody is happy to do their part, but when you're left out like that it undoes the work people are trying to do," she said.

Location relative to population was a factor in the decision on which sites to choose, said Bill Ring CEO of the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB).

People who are unable to drop off their own electronics at the sites may have to rely on neighbours or friends, he said.

He also advised people that recycling their electronics may be something of a last resort.

"If you feel it might still be useful please check with local charities," he said.

Each location that requested consideration was given a list of requirements. If they met those requirements the sites where then inspected and submitted for approval by the government, he said.

The program is industry led and is supported by the government.

"We are a creature of the government, but we operate at arms length," he said.

Only some electronics are available for recycling under the program so anyone wishing to check can visit www.acestewardship.ca.


Organizations: Resource Recovery Fund Board

Geographic location: AMHERST, Port Greville, Cumberland County

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