04/30/2013 10:06 EDT | Updated 06/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Plan approved to keep e-waste out of Newfoundland and Labrador landfills

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A program has been approved to keep so-called electronic waste out of Newfoundland and Labrador's landfills.

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board says the plan will be operated on behalf of the electronics industry by the Electronic Products Recycling Association, a non-profit organization currently operating in six provinces.

The Crown agency says the waste program will see manufacturers take responsibility for their products, including computers, televisions and DVD players, from development to disposal.

The new program will come into effect on Aug. 1 and involve the creation of 19 collection facilities throughout the province.

Tom Hedderson, the minister responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, says electronic waste can contain hazardous material that could harm the environment if not disposed of correctly.

The government estimates more than 2,600 tonnes of electronic waste is generated in the province annually.

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