The Ontario's electronic recycling program initiated by Environment Minister, John Gerretsen has not delivered up to its expectations.
The project has not only been unable to meet its targets to divert tonnes of computers and TVs from landfills, it also provides no incentive for investment in green technology and of jobs in the province.
Despite the unsatisfying performance, Environment Minister, John Gerretsen insists that Ontario's electronic recycling program is not a failure.
Reports claim that, Minister Gerretsen aggressively supported the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program Plan in Ontario as according to him it provided the way of controlling where all the toxins would be shipped.
When questioned on the failure of the project, Minister Gerretsen says that,'the private agency Ontario Electronic Stewardship which is supposed to collect the waste, isn't living up to its commitments to the province'.
According to the reports, OES which is a private agency created by provincial regulation, gathered only one third of the original 42,000 tonnes of toxin-laced equipment.
Industry experts feel that the reason for the failure of the program is that collectors are opting out of the Ontario program and selling the material overseas for up to five times the amount the agency is paying.
To help the program, consumers currently pay an extra $2 to $26 when they buy a new electronic gadget.
Since the public is supporting the program financially, critics of the program insist that OES must be held more accountable.
Despite the widespread speculation about the failure of the program, the ministry has announced an expansion of the program to include items such as cellphones, radios and cameras.
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