By Heather Gunn
Power up the Planet’s main goal is to reduce electronic waste in our community. However, for those who want to donate or receive electronics but don’t live in Edmonton, we wanted to compile a list of alternative electronic recycling organizations in different parts of Canada.
- ERA Canada (Electronic Recycling Association) – Head office in Calgary, Alberta
The ERA’s headquarters resides in Calgary, however they are a Canada-wide non profit initiative. If you’re looking to donate electronics and want to see them go to a good cause, contact ERA!
Find them here: electronicrecyclingassociation.ca
- Call2Recycle – Nationwide
This electronics recycling organization accepts batteries and cell phones, and they have drop-off locations all over Canada. They partner with businesses such as Home Hardware and Best Buy.
Find them here: https://www.call2recycle.ca/
- CESA (Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association) – British Columbia
This BC based organization focuses on collecting small household appliances, such as counter top kitchen appliances (blenders, toasters, etc.), power tools, some exercise equipment, and smaller items that use batteries or get plugged in. Their websites clarifies that all items sent in must be for home use and not commercial.
Find them here: https://www.electrorecycle.ca/
- EPRA (Electronic Products Recycling Association) – British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan
EPRA has a presence in the majority of Canada and are a leader in electronics recycling. They accept almost any electrical device/equipment. Check their website and the province your reside in to see what they accept in that region, and where you can drop off.
Find them here: https://epra.ca/
- SARCAN – Saskatchewan
SARCAN collects electronics on behalf of the EPRA in Saskatchewan. They accept most electronic devices/equipment, but it’s best to check their website before dropping anything off.
Find them here: https://www.sarcan.ca/pages/electronics.html
- Mother Earth Recycling – Mantioba
This indigenous organization from Winnipeg, Manitoba accepts any and all electronics for recycling. They also have a mattress recycling program.
Find them here: http://www.motherearthrecycling.ca/about/
- Computers for Schools – Nationwide
Similar to Power up the Planet, Computers for Schools repairs electronics (most often computers) which they donate to schools, nonprofits and libraries. They are a government-led program that is doing good for the community.
Find the here: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cfs-ope.nsf/eng/h_00056.html
- Revolution Recycling – Ontario
Revolution accepts almost any electronic device out there, and makes sure they are properly recycled and that your data is destroyed.
Find them here: https://www.revrecycling.com/
- Computer Recycling Canada – British Columbia, Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa), Quebec (Montreal)
This organization accepts computers, computer accessories, misc. Computer parts, cables, and batteries. They offer pick up or you can drop off.
Find them here: https://computerrecycling.ca/
If these recycling organizations don’t have any drop off locations near you, contact your local government officials or waste management office and ask where you can bring your old electronics.
Power up the Planet is an Edmonton based non-profit aiming to reduce e-waste in our community. Find us here: poweruptheplanet.ca