Published on Wed, 02/01/2012 by Ontario Electronic Stewardship

New TV for your Super Bowl party? Make sure to recycle your old one

As Ontarians gear up to watch the Giants and Patriots battle it out this Super Bowl Sunday, many will be adding a brand new TV to their list of party essentials to pick up before the big game. But while you're looking to upgrade existing equipment to get that ultimate game day, big-screen experience, it is important to think about what to do with the equipment that is being replaced.

"In the days leading up to major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, many fans look to purchase new electronics like speakers and flat-screen TVs," says Sandra Pakosh of OES. "But once the game is over, it's important to remember that replaced or outdated items need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This can be through recycling, or better yet, a donation to one of the many programs in the province that reuse and refurbish second-hand electronics. The refurbished items are then often donated to schools, community organizations and other not-for-profit groups."

A recent survey commissioned by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) finds that 96 per cent of Ontarians support the reuse and recycling of electronics to prevent substances of concern ending up in landfill1. But even so, there is still a great deal of work to be done. To ensure electronics are kept out of landfills there are more than 600 collection locations and affiliate sites--including retail, non-profit, commercial and municipal--across the province. Ontarians can go to to find a local collection site and to see the list of 44 items currently accepted by the program.

To date the Ontario Electronic Stewardship has diverted 95,232 tonnes of waste electronics from landfills. That's equivalent to 11,269 tractor-trailer loads of unwanted TVs, digital cameras, mp3 players and monitors. Parked end-to-end, those trailers would form a line from downtown Toronto all the way to Kingston.

For more information on electronic recycling or to find one of the hundreds of approved collection sites around the province visit

1 Leger Marketing, November 2011