2 EPRA ANNUAL REPORT 2017 Canada’s 150th year was an anniversary for our great country and also heralded 10 years in operation for EPRA’s programs in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Since the beginning, EPRA programs across Canada have responsibly recycled over 883,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics (EOLE) with the active participation of the Canadian public. The recovery of these devices is key since the electronics we purchase can be recycled and the materials reused in new product manufacturing, keeping product out of Canadian landfills and protecting our environment. On behalf of the Board, I am pleased that the EPRA team continued to move the program forward in 2017 with the successful launch of the New Brunswick program, refreshed messaging for Recycle My Electronics, and technology enhancements to aid the mobile-friendly products on market. EPRA mobile- friendly websites and web-based applications now allow any Canadian with a smartphone to access the information and tools needed to return their EOLE. The trend towards “light-weighting” and “miniaturization” of electronic devices has continued to gain momentum in the industry. Manufacturing has shifted to producing lighter, smaller, multi-functional devices, which reduces the environmental footprint and also results in an absolute reduction in the overall tonnage of EOLE collected annually. While maintaining high standards for safe recycling, the program also works with regulators to transition from reliance on strictly weight-based performance metrics to other indicators of program success, such as public awareness, access and convenience. Change also came to our board this year with a number of farewells and new additions. In 2017, four exemplary members stepped down from the Board. Our former Chair, Lloyd Bryant, was a founding member of EPRA and had the vision, along with EPSC and RCC, of the benefits that a national electronics recycling organization could offer to stewards, service providers and the public. Harry Zarek and Clint Mahlman, also key members who have helped us grow EPRA, retired from our Board in 2017. Scott O’Connell, a more recent but no less appreciated addition, has taken on other responsibilities and also stepped down from Board as a result. We thank Lloyd, Harry, Clint and Scott for their leadership and the generosity of time as we wish them all the best in their future endeavours. We also welcomed to the Board three new members in 2017: Cedric Tetzel, Giro Rizzuti and Elena Papakosta. Personally, I’m pleased to have accepted the role as Chair, and will work with the EPRA team to continue delivering an efficient, effective program. Looking forward to 2018, it is our goal and pleasure to deliver top-notch coverage across the country – providing accessible, efficient and environmentally- sound electronics recycling. Jeff Van Damme Chair, Board of Directors Jeff Van Damme Message from the Chair, EPRA Board of Directors “While maintaining high standards for safe recycling, the program also works with regulators to transition from reliance on strictly weight-based performance metrics to other indicators of program success, such as public awareness, access and convenience.”