b'Message from the Chair, EPRA Board of DirectorsNow, more than ever, consumers are demanding products that have been considered through a lens of sustainability and look for brands that support positive environmental outcomes. Our stewards are2019 was a record year for responding. Industry has made Jeff Van Damme significant progress related toEPRA, as we celebrated a designing environmentally-consideratemajor milestone of diverting products, considering all elements of the manufacturingone million tonnes of supply chainfrom product and package-design to transportation. As innovation and improved technologyelectronic waste from landfills have revolutionized the ability to provide greatersince program launch.performance with fewer materials, industry has reduced the weight of electronics dramatically. In collaboration with our stewards, Canadian residents and business owners, Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) continues to be part of the solution in providing environmental compliance and recycling programs across the nation. 2019 was a record year for EPRA, as we celebrated aOn behalf of the entire Board, I would like to major milestone ofdiverting one million tonnes ofcongratulate our staff, stewards and executive team, as electronic waste from landfillssince program launch.well as Canadian consumers, for their continued efforts.It would be remiss of me if I did not acknowledge theWe are very proud of these programs and the various incredible efforts that Canadians have taken in divertingstakeholders who have embraced our messaging their devices from landfills and their growing interest in thethrough action. recyclability of their electronic products. This is evidencedWe at EPRA are excited about the opportunities that will in the growing volume and awareness of our programs. unfold in this new decade and look forward to working In 2019, we improved our program awareness numbers,with Canadians in building a stronger circular economy. maintained impressive collection tonnage (despite industry-wide trends such as device consolidation andJeff Van Dammeminiaturization) and expanded our network of drop-offChair, Board of Directorslocations across the country. 2 EPRA ANNUAL REPORT 2019'