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AJVickery: Well we just pulled into a recycling plant to dissolve computer to answer this week's inbox question. Josie from Edmonton asks AJ I just got a new computer system what I do with my old one.
Well Josie to have the answer that question, we are going to talk to Jason Dault who is the district corporation manager the company called regional recycling. What they do here is they are going show how to take these all computers and actually get rid of them. Let's grab this old computer and go and see what happens. Hi Jason!
Jason Dault: How are doing?
AJVickery: I'm told you like in return this computer here.
Jason Dault: Yeah, sure you can. We started recycling program here in BC in August and we've been accepting.
AJVickery: August 2007.
Jason Dault: Yeah, that's right.
Jason Dault: TVs, monitors, and computer equipment for recycling.
AJVickery: Cool, and so do I've to pay anything when I drop this off here.
Jason Dault: No you don't it's a free of charge. It's a free service that we've provide in BC. However any of the new electronics or TVs that are purchased there is a recycling fee on there.
AJVickery: Right, so basically the way the that this program is funded is that when people are buying a new televisions or new computers or whatever they'll pay of recycling fee of fund.
Jason Dault: Yeah, that's right.
AJVickery: So by time nothing is out of date of end of use or end of life I guess in term of all they'll use.
Jason Dault: Right.
AJVickery: Well, be taking care of.
Jason Dault: Yeah, we'll be recycled.
AJVickery: So can I make any money by dropping this off.
Jason Dault: No, you can't actually. It's just the program is done BC wide and all the funds that are collected from the recycling fees to make sure this stuff stays out of the landfill through recycle.
AJVickery: And what is the overall like you get a lot of computers in here.
Jason Dault: We're averaging probably anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 pounds a month out of the US. Yeah, it's a quite bit they think that this stuff was actually pretty much a going to land fill except for allow this steel components that were still be on recycle.
AJVickery :So they were sticking out some of steel in the glass, but one of the big problems with these being in the lab from what I understand is that there is actually how this materials and the lot of these different devices it's especially like televisions, and monitors.
Jason Dault: Yeah, TVs and monitors have the nasty stuff and which can be mercury and lead and other stuff can lead out inside the landfill and stuff so with the new recycling program that's a BC wide great to capture these products and recycling them properly.
AJVickery: And so what happens after the stuff comes here, you guys come to sort it and package it up.
Jason Dault: Yeah, we do a sketch sort. One sorts are going to be for TVs and monitors. One for CPU's and then one for peripherals, which are going to be keyboards, mouse, printer, fax. The reason why the TVs and monitor can separate is, because of the contaminative way that can be in there and mercury and lead substance.
AJVickery: So they need to be have a different, and those should although get sorted to one processing plant, somewhere were they can figure what they do it.
Jason Dault: Yeah, Oncorp specific has the contract for BC and overseas of collection from collection sites like us and take it to a few central locations in BC where there that is shipped off to recycle it.
AJVickery: Here is a question for you. What about people being worried about the data and like when they bring in their old computers like, are they worried about people getting access like website they been to or like financial information.
Jason Dault: Right, well, all the drop point are balance to make sure that none of this equipment lead to warehouse what so ever. So personal information is keeping going for Oncorp to make sure that happens and that is assured here regional recycling where actually probably take a one more step and our customers is going to able to bring in their hard drives and place them inside of the hard drive destroyer which that just be ram just comes down and more it's just useless.
AJVickery: And so I understand there is a few things that you can't drop of like CD players or DVD players or cell phone is an example.
Jason Dault: Yeah, I think they just want to start small like this they are just started a few program in other program they feed backs rate and I think in the future they are going to add on new products like DVD players, CD player I know that there is a lot of people warning cell phones and the batteries be recycle as well. Some places have that step on already I know that -- and some other place where you buy equipment like that you can actually take it back. It's just is going add on eventually probably I see in the future that all electronics will be recycled.
AJVickery: Very good, well if you are going to recycle your equipment be sure that think about you can't just store up in the landfills I think that is banned on that now.
Jason Dault: There is.
AJVickery: So you have to take it recycle in place, so look in your local neighborhood because this is been recycled then you are paying when you buy a new stuff.