N.B. looks to re­duce elec­tronic waste

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - LIVING - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

New Brunswick wants to re­duce the amount of elec­tronic waste that ends up in its land­fills.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has posted pro­posed changes to a reg­u­la­tion un­der the Clean En­vi­ron­ment Act to al­low for public com­ment.

If the changes go ahead, they would cre­ate a waste stew­ard­ship pro­gram for elec­tron­ics, such as tele­vi­sions, com­put­ers and fax ma­chines.

The new rules would make in­dus­try re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing their elec­tronic prod­ucts from the date of man­u­fac­ture to the end of their use and dis­posal.

The province says the pro­posed changes would re­sult in more than 3,000 tonnes of elec­tronic waste a year be­ing di­verted from land­fills.

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