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Challenge 10 - Send your Electronics to a Better Place

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Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a growing problem in Canada. It includes computers, cell phones (and their cables and batteries), TVs, printers, stereos and speakers. The heavy metals, flame retardants and rare minerals in e-waste can be extremely harmful to the environment and human health. Some estimate that e-waste only makes up 4% of the waste stream, but it accounts for 70% of the toxic pollution in our landfills.

The best thing is to keep e-waste out of landfill. Repair your old electronics if you can still use them, or donate or sell them to someone who can use them. But if it’s definitely not fix-able, send your e-waste to be safely recycled by the City.

Challenge: 

  • Repair, reuse or recycle your old electronics. Upload a photo in the comments below and tell us about it!

How to recycle your e-waste

  • If you live in a house, just set out your e-waste on garbage day. Use the green bag delivered with your waste calendar, or put the waste in a box by the curb (best to put out a number of things at once).

  • If you live in an apartment or condo, talk with your building manager about getting an e-waste collection spot for the whole building. When it's full, they just call the City for collection.

Did you recycle or reuse your old electroncis? Send us a photo and tell us about it below!

Did you take this challenge?


  • Took Challenge 2017-04-24 16:05:44 -0400
    I would like to purchase motherboards.
  • Took Challenge 2016-08-15 09:45:17 -0400
    Computer Rescue, a nonprofit community endeavor Serving York Region families and Charities, refurbishes and donates Computer systems to lower income people. After 10 years and over 3,000 donations, we are looking for more Corporate and Citizen donations to help more people. As a member of the Maple Lions Club, all materials that are unusable, are given to the Lions ewaste initiative, whereby they are sold to a large ewaste processor, and that money is donated to local charitable organizations.
  • Took Challenge 2016-07-04 11:00:37 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2016-07-02 14:11:40 -0400
    No too much e-waste here, but when there is, I know just what to do with it.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:38:20 -0400
    I recycled my old cell phones and computers at the summer community environment Day… and it was fun too!
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:30:41 -0400
    If they’re still operating, I like to give away my old electronic devices. Otherwise bring them to the e-waste depot.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 22:31:24 -0400
    IN THE PAST,I have had certain electronics of mine fixed at certain free REPAIR CAFEs;here in Toronto.I have also brought in certain E-waste to get in free…at certain past TORONTO GREEN LIVING shows (held in the springtime inside the DIRECT ENERGY building in the CNE grounds)…..
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:48:45 -0400
    Old batteries and e-waste are also collected at my office so I take it there.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:17:55 -0400
    I put out my old, unrepairable computer speakers on trash collection day, and they were picked up – no problem! It’s frustrating that so many electronic goods seem to have built-in obsolescence or can’t be repaired at all.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 12:06:02 -0400
    Before I replace an electronic device I ask myself a very simply question, “do I need a new device.” If the answer is truly, yes, then I make sure that I donate the old device to someone, or some group, in need of the old device.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 22:29:22 -0400
    Planning a drop off soon.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:52:57 -0400
    I put any e-waste out on garbage day
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:52:28 -0400
    I would like to know why people aren’t encouraged to have some of these small items fixed? I also heard on the radio once that people want to buy older model cell phones and are prepared to pay alot of money for them
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  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-14 14:57:42 -0400
    I have a lot of e-waste in my home. I will take it to Community Recycling Centre (Peel) soon.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-13 11:59:02 -0400
    I always make sure to recycle my old electronics and try and repair them before disposing of it.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-11 12:45:07 -0400
  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-11 00:46:33 -0400
    Theres always something to bring to Community environment days! I put my batteries and light bulbs aside for disposal. I also have an old cellphone I’m trying to revive by replacing the battery
  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-11 00:10:12 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-10 12:03:42 -0400
    We’ve got an old router at the office that doesn’t work any more. I’ve got a whole bunch of e-waste at home so I’ll take it to a community environment day.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-09 11:02:57 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-08 16:55:50 -0400
    Hi. I have a few times put e-waste out on garbage day. I put it two or three feet away from the garbage, as requested by 311 call centre for the city. I will continue to use this service. I do fix things when possible.