We strive to buy environmentally preferable goods and services. These are goods and services that have a reduced impact on the health of Canadians and on the environment. It is not just the ticket price of an item or whether a service is readily available that is most important. We consider the environmental performance over its entire life cycle when deciding whether or not to buy a particular good or service.
In 2006, we introduced the Policy on Green Procurement. This policy integrates environmental performance considerations into procurement activities, from planning and buying, to use and maintenance to disposal.
Electronic waste is surplus electronic and electrical equipment that cannot be reused within a federal institution. It may include assets such as computers and computer components, telecommunications equipment, household appliances, tools and scientific equipment.
In 2010, we launched the federal electronic waste strategy to ensure that the electronic waste resulting from government operations is disposed of properly. The strategy emphasizes reuse first, followed by environmentally sound and secure recycling.
In order of preference, reuse options are:
- Computers for Schools: qualifying equipment is refurbished for reuse
- GCSurplus: equipment in working condition can be sold for reuse
- Free-of-charge transfer to other federal organizations or donation to other recognized charitable or not-for-profit organizations
Environmentally sound and secure recycling
By recycling electronic waste in keeping with the principle of environmentally sound management, we help to:
- protect the environment and human health
- promote economic benefit through resource recovery
In order of preference, recycling options are:
- Provincial electronic waste recycling programs: qualifying equipment can be sent for recycling if it cannot be reused
- Standing offer for electronic waste recycling services: electronic waste that cannot be reused and does not qualify for provincial programs can be recycled via the National Master Standing Offer
Electronic Products Recycling Association: learn about this industry-led, not-for-profit organization that operates regulated recycling programs across Canada
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