[kwlug-disc] Free e-waste drop off?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue Dec 21 21:08:11 EST 2010

So you folks don't have to pay to get rid of stuff when I drop off my 
junk at your doorstep?  Do you make money from the recycling?  I'm just 
curious if my bringing my junk to you is a positive or negative for you, 
or if I should be dropping it off at Staples.

On 21/12/10 08:52 PM, Charles McColm wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-12-14 at 15:40 -0500, unsolicited wrote:
>> Note - this didn't used to be the case. Charles was so full of junk at
>> one point that he had to stop taking anything less than a P4. IIRC,
>> that policy has now been rescinded. [But doesn't mean they're going to
> Thanks to both Bills. Actually we never stopped taking in items before,
> but there was a time where we had to charge people for dropping off
> items. We HATED it because originally Computer Recycling was as it is
> now - it didn't cost us if we needed to recycle parts like CRT monitors.
> Around 2006 things changed and most of the downstream we used had either
> folded or started charging us for items they used to give us money for.
> (It was never a lot). Some of the fees were pretty high, as much as $30
> for 1 CRT (22" CRT for example). Of course before we had a lot coming in
> and were happy to get CRTs because we used to get $1 or $2 for them, but
> when this switch happened we had to slow down what came in.
> What has made our (Refurbishers) lives much easier is the Ontario
> Electronic Stewardship. It's that hated computer tax you all pay on new
> computer items. That small amount of money goes to the OES
> not-for-profit group who organize all the small and large OES drop off
> sites. They're the ones responsible for turning around this whole
> charging for dropping off items thing. So as much as the tax may seem to
> hurt the wallet when you're buying new hardware, it ensures there's a
> free place to drop stuff off in the future.
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