The Western Canada Computer Industry Association

November 01, 2007 15:00 ET

Western Canada Computer Industry Association Launches Second British Columbia Stewardship Program for Electronics

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2007) - The Western Canada Computer Industry Association (WCCIA) has launched a second stewardship program for electronics in British Columbia.

"The new program utilizes the existing capacity of BC businesses to recover, reuse and recycle used electronics, reducing our carbon dioxide and environmental footprint - a priority for all British Columbians," said WCCIA President John Crocock. "Ensuring used electronics are reused and recycled is a priority for our program because it is good for our recycling industry and it is good for the environment."

The WCCIA's stewardship program launched today emphasizes the reuse and recycling of viable electronics and parts, as well as the recovery of metals and materials that have economic value.

The WCCIA has formed a partnership with four BC based electronics recyclers and will form the BC Recycled Materials Cooperative (BCRMC). The BCRMC is a cooperative that pools the recovered materials from recyclers and brokers those materials in bulk to potential buyers.

"The pooling of recycled materials gives recyclers better prices for their recovered materials and makes local recycling businesses more viable," says Bert Monesmith of 36Zerowaste Group Inc. "Most recyclers in British Columbia are small businesses and did not have the bargaining power to compete with larger raw material purchasers until now."

In partnership with the WCCIA, Genesis Recycling Ltd., RC Recycling Ltd., Technotrash Recycling Ltd. and 36Zerowaste Group Inc. have come together as founding members of the BCRMC. In time, the BCRMC will be open to other recyclers so that they can also broker their recycled materials in a more sustainable manner.

For more information on the WCCIA and its return collection locations and stewardship program, please go to

Contact Information

  • The Western Canada Computer Industry Association
    John Crocock
    (604) 244-9423