1 EPRA ANNUAL REPORT 2018 The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a North American leader in end-of-life electronics (EOLE) recycling, operating a safe and secure program across Canada. EPRA manages a cost-effective, streamlined administration for stewards (manufacturers, distributors and retailers of electronics) in the provinces in which it operates, enabling them to achieve regulatory compliance. Working on behalf of more than 7,000 stewards, EPRA helps prevent electronics from ending up in landfills by providing Canadian businesses and consumers access to secure and convenient e-recycling options through over 2,400 drop-off locations. EPRA is an industry-led, national, not-for-profit organization operating regulated e-recycling programs in nine provinces. EPRA ensures that EOLE are recycled in a safe, secure and environmentally sound manner, conserving natural resources by recovering materials that can be used to make new products. EPRA only works with recyclers who have been verified by the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) under the national Electronics FEB 2007 AUG 2007 FEB 2008 APR 2009 JUL 2010 AUG 2012 JUL 2012 AUG 2013 MAR 2017 Saskatchewan Program Launch British Columbia Program Launch Nova Scotia Program Launch Ontario Program Launch Prince Edward Island Program Launch Manitoba Program Launch Quebec Program Launch Newfoundland and Labrador Program Launch New Brunswick Program Launch Recycling Standard (ERS), which was introduced in 2004 by the electronics industry to ensure proper handling of EOLE. This means that all verified recyclers must responsibly process materials entrusted to them by EPRA. Further, the RQO audits recyclers against the ERS requirements, which incorporate the internationally- recognized R2 Standard as the first step in verification. This process ensures that recyclers are maintaining appropriate environmental, health and safety controls, and properly handling all materials. In the decade following the development of the original ERS, various industry-led electronics stewardship programs formed across the country to meet provincial regulations for extended producer responsibility (EPR). From the EPRA family, Saskatchewan and British Columbia commenced operation in 2007. EPRA’s Nova Scotia program launched in 2008, Ontario’s program started in 2009 and PEI’s kicked off in 2010. Manitoba and Quebec began in 2012, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013, and New Brunswick in 2017. About the Electronic Products Recycling Association