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As Earth Day approaches, many people are looking for meaningful ways to celebrate the world’s largest environmental movement. While the urgency needed to tackle these issues requires a sustained effort all year long, marking April 22 with an activity that makes a positive impact on the planet is a great start. This year, consider starting a new tradition by recycling your old electronics on Earth Day.

If you are like 80 percent of Canadians, you probably have your last three smart phones, an old laptop, broken portable speakers and some other random peripherals sitting in a closet or drawer somewhere at home. The average Canadian generates a staggering 20 kilograms of end-of-life electronics each year. Those electronics are filled with resources that can be put back into the manufacturing supply — everything from glass and plastic to gold, silver, copper and palladium. Basically, that drawer of dead devices has loads of untapped potential that shouldn’t go to waste. Read more…

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