News | November 23, 2020

Sparta Group's ERS-International Division Helping Electronics Manufacturers/Importers Cope With New Ontario E-Waste Regulations

Sparta Group (the "Corporation" the "Company", "Sparta Group", "Sparta Capital" or "Sparta") is well positioned to help electronics manufacturers and importers deal with new Ontario government recycling regulations slated to take effect January 2021. In fact, the environment-focused company is one of only a few organizations that are approved to do so.

Sparta's e-waste recycling division, ReECO Tech Electronic Conversions/ERS-International ("ReECO Tech/ERS-International") is known for its responsible electronic recycling and upcycling abilities, as well as its asset remarketing and recovery services. Organizations around the world trust the electronics recycling operation, especially in light of its efficient processes and security measures.

The Ontario government recently introduced new regulations requiring all electronic manufacturers/producers to collect and safely manage the full life cycle of their electronic equipment, such as cell phones, computers, and printers. Under the regulation, which will be enforced as of January 1, 2021, producers are encouraged to reuse and refurbish products so they can be resold. The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority ("RPRA") will be in charge of enforcing the new regulation. This includes monitoring the performance of producers to make sure they are in compliance.

"We are 100 percent confident that we have the right systems in place to help many more electronics companies ensure compliance under these new rules. We have an efficient materials tracking system in place that is powered by our proprietary data-base management platform as well as high security, strict operations standards, sophisticated asset tracking, and a zero-waste policy. Nothing gets tossed out at our facility and we have a strong capability of upcycling waste into new, valuable products, due to our ongoing materials analytics, carried out in our on-site laboratory research facilities. This is why we've been approved by the governing authority, RPRA; a distinction that few have been able to attain," said President and Chief Technology Officer for Sparta Group, John O'Bireck.

Those who don't comply under the new Ontario government regulations could face hefty fines as the province steps up its push for developing a circular economy. The government has stated that electronics manufacturers and importers could save millions by transitioning from current waste diversion programs to a full producer responsibility model.

Sparta's e-waste recycling division can arrange for haulage, collection, certified destruction, as well as the remarketing of electronics. Furthermore, working with ReECO Tech/ERS-International means the responsibility of a manufacturer or importer's reporting mandate to the government will be handled on behalf of the producer. If a manufacturer falls short of its quota, ReECO Tech/ERS-International can ensure that the producer doesn't get penalized as they can transfer credits through the e-waste facility's other partners.

"We know the pitfalls of reactive response to the kind of regulation that is about to go into effect. However, we can help manufacturers be proactive by getting them ready now to meet this important upcoming government mandated obligation. All they have to do is reach out to us and we can get them started so as to avoid any penalties for non-compliance," said Alfea Principe, Director of Global Compliance for ReECO Tech Electronic Conversions Ltd.

Source: Sparta Capital Ltd.