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Electronic Waste (e-waste)

All unwanted electronic equipment is classified as electronic waste (e-waste). Under normal usage, e-waste poses little to no hazard to human health. However, many electronic products contain materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, bromine and other hazardous materials that pose environmental impacts when disposed of improperly.

Note - The Region of Durham does not collect these items in the City of Oshawa and Town of Whitby. Please contact your local municipality for more information or bring your material directly to the waste management facility.

Acceptable electrical and electronic equipment

Examples of acceptable electronics (e-waste) include, but are not limited to, the following materials:

  • Cellular phones
  • PDAs & pagers
  • Audio & video players
  • Cameras & radios
  • VCRs/DVD players
  • Telephones
  • Stereos & receivers
  • Desktop computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Monitors
  • Printing devices
  • Camcorders
  • Televisions
  • Portable computers

PLEASE NOTE: The Region is not responsible for any data left on hard drives or other memory devices. Please ensure that all personal information is removed from your e-waste before recycling to protect your privacy and security.

Electronics are not garbage. All end-of-life or unwanted electronics collected will be recycled. See more examples of accepted electronics at the Ontario Electronics Stewardship website.

Ontario Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program is an Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program, designed to divert electronic and electrical waste from landfills. The plan requires brand owners, first importers, franchisors and assemblers to pay for the recycling and/or reuse of all used electrical and electronic equipment in Ontario.

The first priority of the program is to promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle). Residents and businesses are encouraged to take electronics that are still useful to reuse and refurbishment facilities. Electronics that are at the end of their useful life will be sent to recycling/processing facilities. There, they will be properly handled to ensure that the maximum amount of recyclable material is recovered and that no hazardous materials find their way into the environment.

For more information on the WEEE program please visit Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) Website.

E-Waste Processing and Recycling

All e-waste should be properly handled during recycling. The e-waste collected at curbside, at one of the Regional waste management facilities, or at a special electronic waste collection event, is taken to an Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) approved consolidator in Ontario where it will be inspected, weighed, and sorted before being sent to an OES approved processor for recycling. The recycling process involves the following process:

Inspected and Weighed

E-waste materials collected are taken to an OES approved consolidation facility, where materials are inspected and weighed.

Safely Dismantled and Separated

Electronics are then sent to OES approved processors who carefully dismantle the items to remove hazardous materials. The remainder is shredded into individual materials, such as metals, glass, and plastics.

All OES-approved processors are based in Canada and operate under safe and controlled working conditions governed by strict OES standards.

Shredded and Smelted

Once the components are safely dismantled and separated, valuable commodities such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass, and plastic are shredded, smelted or processed as raw materials for future production. Recycled plastics are used to manufacture water pipes, recycled glass is fabricated into new monitors or TVs, and metals can be minted into coins, new electronics or other products.


Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge Curbside Collection Service

Electronic waste (e-waste) will be collected by appointment only. These materials will not be collected by the regular garbage truck. Separate trucks will be used, as metal goods, electronics or porcelain bathroom fixtures are being collected for recycling. To arrange for collection, call 1-800-667-5671. There is no limit to the amount of e-waste materials you may set out for this diversion program.

Municipality of Clarington Curbside Collection Service

Electronic waste (e-waste) will be collected by appointment only. These materials will not be collected by the regular garbage truck. Separate trucks will be used, as metal goods, electronics or porcelain bathroom fixtures are being collected for recycling. To arrange for collection, call 1-800-667-5671. There is no limit to the amount of e-waste materials you may set out for this diversion program.

City of Pickering and Town of Ajax Curbside Collection Service

Electronic waste (e-waste) will be collected by appointment only. These materials will not be collected by the regular garbage truck. Separate trucks will be used, as metal goods, electronics or porcelain bathroom fixtures are being collected for recycling. To arrange for collection, call 1-800-667-5671. There is no limit to the amount of e-waste materials you may set out for this diversion program.