Where to divert your electronic waste and other items
Some residents have contacted my office inquiring about what to do with their electronic waste items. The City of Ottawa does not collect electronic waste (e-waste) as part of its curbside garbage collection.
E-waste accounts for 3000 tonnes or about 300 garbage trucks full of refuse added to our landfills each year. Much of this e-waste consists of steel, glass, copper, aluminum, plastics and precious metals that can be recycled and reused.
You may drop these off at participating retailers. Find out where you can return your electronics, by using the Waste Explorer, or by visiting recycleyourelectronics.ca.
The following items are not picked up curbside:
- Desktop computers and terminals
- Laptop computers
- Desktop printers
- Fax machines
- Disk drives
- CD-ROM drives
- Keyboards and mice
- Amplifiers, stereos, speakers, receivers
- Cameras, digital cameras
- Copiers, fax machines, scanners
- Pagers, PDAs
- Telephones, cellphones, answering machines
- VCR and DVD players
For more information on hazardous waste and special items please visit the City’s website