11/02/2012 03:38 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Newfoundland and Labrador introduce new e-waste recycling program

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will soon be able to recycle their old electronic equipment.

The provincial government says the industry-led program is needed to deal with the dangerous metals and contaminants found in computers, televisions, cellphones and printers.

Environment Minister Tom Hedderson says the e-waste initiative marks an important step toward reaching the province's goal of reducing the waste stream by 50 per cent.

Under the program, electronics manufacturers have 120 days to submit a detailed stewardship plan outlining their proposed recycling program.

The government estimates that households in Newfoundland and Labrador generate an average of 1,500 tonnes of e-waste annually.

Similar e-waste recycling programs are already in place in other jurisdictions in Canada.