The report clarifies and offers valuable information regarding WEEE management in Canada including the costs of these programs, the methodologies used to measure their performance, and who is ultimately responsible for program operation. Also included is a discussion around industry best practices and the international policies that force producers to design more sustainable, less toxic electronic devices.
CM Consulting makes use of life-cycle analysis to describe some of the environmental benefits associated with reusing and recycling end-of-life electronics, as well as to provide a framework that can be used to rank different end-of-life management options. In addition to examining the various risks posed by the toxic substances contained in WEEE, the report attempts to quantify the amount of gold, silver, copper, nickel, and other valuable materials that can be recovered from waste electronics, and provide a rough estimate as to their economic value.
“The WEEE Report is an invaluable tool and reference guide for government, producers, program operators, recyclers, the public, and media. It portrays an accurate picture of Canada’s programs for managing waste electronics and offers insight into how these systems can be made more effective to protect human health and the environment, “ says Clarissa Morawski, Principal of CM Consulting. The WEEE report is funded by Canadian governments, industry, and environmental organizations.
WEEE Report Complete version (9.5 mb)
INDIVIDUAL PARTS OF THE REPORT