Samsung Electronics Canada receives the 2017 ENERGY STAR Canada Award

Samsung Electronics Canada was recently awarded the 2017 ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year Award for advancing energy efficiency.

Noteworthy accomplishments in 2016:

  • In 2016, 99% of all televisions sold by Samsung were ENERGY STAR certified.
  • Increased market penetration of ENERGY STAR certified appliances by over 30% from 2015 to 2016.
  • Partnered with BC Hydro to promote and increase awareness of ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators and televisions. Market coverage included displays, print, radio, on-line and mobile displays, paid search and sponsored social to generate over 80 million impressions.

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Dell Canada Inc. is a recipient of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence

The Ontario Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence is program that recognizes work in environment protection, and encourages others to make their own efforts to reduce their impact on Ontario’s environment.

Dell Canada Inc. was recently awarded the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Dell operates a plastics recycling program minimizing waste from computer parts by reusing materials and recycling them into part for new computers and monitors. Since 2014, Dell has sold over 347,000 monitors and desktops from sustainably sourced materials.

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EPSC Welcomes Board Members and Associate Members of 2017

EPSC is pleased to welcome our Board of Directors and Associate Members of 2017. We look forward to working with you this coming year.

Board Members Associate Members
Apple Canada Inc. ASUS Northern Micro Inc.
Canon Canada Inc. BenQ Oracle Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc. Brother Canada Ltd. Ricoh Canada Inc.
Dell Canada Inc Epson of America Inc. Toshiba of Canada Ltd.
Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. Fujitsu Vizio Inc.
IBM Canada Ltd. Hitachi Data Systems Inc. Xerox Canada Ltd.
Lenovo Canada Inc. Hewlett Packard Enterprise  
Microsoft Corporation Lexmark Canada Inc.  
Panasonic Canada Inc. LG Electronics Canada Inc.  
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. MMD – Phillips.  
Sony of Canada Ltd. NetApp Inc.

Pete Maddock, Panasonic Canada Inc. named 2016 Clean50 Honouree


EPSC would like to congratulate Peter Maddock, Manager Regulatory Compliance, Panasonic Canada Inc. and member of the EPSC Board of Directors for being named as a 2016 Clean50 Honouree in the category  of Technology & Telecommunications organizations.

Peter is being recognized for taking a leadership role by diving into a variety of projects that work to promote electronic waste diversion and recycling within Panasonic Canada and beyond. He worked to create a company-wide organics recycling program that collected 17.5 MT for composting in its first year. He also led his team to achieve a 91% diversion rate for waste generated at their Warehouse facilities and launched an Employee Recycling Centre at their Head Office to inspire employees to responsibly recycle hazardous materials.

The purpose of the Clean50 is to identify and recognize 50 individuals (or small teams) who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada.

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LG earns 2015 Design for Recycling Award®


At the 2015 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, LG Electronics was presented with the 2015 Design for Recycling® (DfR) Award, the highest honor from the leading recycling industry group.  ISRI recognized LG “for advanced new television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.”

Specifically, LG was recognized for its 4K ULTRA HD OLED and LED TVs. According to ISRI, the product design for these models include the following recycling-friendly traits: mercury-free display panels; use of recycled and recyclable plastics; inclusion of PVC- and BFR-free components; smaller and lighter packaging; ease of disassembly; and standardized materials and connection types.

To be eligible for ISRI’s Design for Recycling® Award, a product must be designed/ redesigned and manufactured to:

  • Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;
  • Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;
  • Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;
  • Be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process;
  • Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;
  • Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components; and
  • Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.


United Nations University releases new report, ‘The Global E-Waste Monitor 2014’


The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability has recently released, The Global E-Waste Monitor 2014. The report illustrates the size of the e-waste challenge, the management progress for establishing the specialized e-waste collection and treatment systems and the future outlook.

The results illustrated in the report are based on empirical data (the UN Comtrade Database) and provide an unprecedented level of detail. This information gives a more accurate overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions.

It is estimated that the total amount e-waste generated in 2014 was 41.8 million metric tonnes (Mt). This e-waste is comprised of 1.0 Mt of lamps, 6.3 Mt of screens, 3.0 Mt of small IT (such as mobile phones, personal computers, printers, etc.), 12.8 Mt of small equipment (such as vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, electric shavers, video cameras, etc.), 11.8 Mt of large equipment (such as washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves, etc.) and 7.0 Mt of cooling and freezing equipment (temperature exchange equipment).

The report indicates that small IT and telecommunication equipment (i.e., mobile phones, routers, personal computers, printers, telephones, etc.), the electronics products largely obligated by regulation in Canadian provinces, make up only 7.2% of e-waste generated worldwide. Old microwaves, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, air conditioners and other household items made up the bulk of the waste generated.

Since 2004, electronics recycling programs across Canada have diverted over 500,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics from landfill.

In 2013, Canadians responsibly recycled 4.2 kg per capita of end-of-life electronics products. Canada operates one of the best electronics recycling programs on the planet. Use this link to review how Canadian recycling programs compare to the rest of the world.