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Marystown business accepting obsolete electronics


The Electronic Products Recycling Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (EPRA-NL) has a new drop-off centre on the Burin Peninsula.

Ed Bennett is overseeing the collection of end-of-life electronics for Brenkir Industrial Supply in Marystown. The business has signed on as one of 46 drop-off centres for the Electronic Products Recycling Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no fee charged for items dropped off at the centre.

Brenkir Industrial Supply on McGettigan Boulevard in Marystown has signed on with the organization as a location where people can offload their obsolete electronics.

Ed Bennett, who handles shipping and receiving for the business, will oversee the collection of items, a service which is provided free of charge.

A wide variety of electronics are accepted, including desktop and laptop computers and peripherals such as keyboards and mice, printers, monitors and televisions, VCRs and DVD players, speakers, headphones and MP3 players, to list but a few.

“We take home phones – landline phones – but we do not take cell phones, batteries, items like that,” Bennett said.

According to the EPRA-NL website, the recycling program is meant to manage end-of-life electronic products. People are encouraged to donate electronics that are still in working condition to family members, friends or local charities.

Brenkir manager Ed Kelly said the EPRA-NL approached the company about the recycling program and he thought it was a good idea.

“There’s a big need for it down this way,” Kelly said. “People got items now that they still got stored away in their sheds and basements and don’t know what to do with it, and we can’t put it in a landfill, so that’s why we decided to jump on board with it.” 

Kelly said the business has plenty of warehouse space to store the items until they are picked up and shipped out of the province for recycling on the mainland.

“It doesn’t matter how big the item is, we’ll take it,” he said.

In a news release Wednesday, the EPRA-NL said it has established 46 drop off centres in the province, well ahead of its 2014 target of 19 sites.

“We are really pleased to see this continued level of interest from the community,” said Cliff Hacking, president and CEO of the not-for-profit.

Environmental Handling Fees charged on the sale and distribution of all new electronic products regulated in Newfoundland and Labrador fund the recycling program.

 “Greater access should lead to more electronics being dropped off for responsible e-recycling in our program,” said EPRA-NL program director Terry Greene.

“That means that they are diverted from landfill and kept out of our beautiful environment, paying it forward to future generations.”

A full list of electronic products that can be dropped off is available at the EPRA-NL website, www.recyclemyelectronics.ca.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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