April 10, 2013
HEC Montréal, the Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf are proud to announce that their new network of Électrobac collection boxes, in place since November 2012, has been a great success. In just four months, they have collected more than a tonne and a half of personal electronics and batteries!
The permanent collection boxes, made possible thanks to the four institutions and a major contribution from the Fonds Éco IGA (including the Van Horne IGA) and Jour de la Terre Québec, allow members of all four communities to easily dispose of their outdated or broken personal electronic devices, from cellphones to calculators, cameras, MP3 players, tablets, chargers, cables, ink cartridges, CD and other peripherals. They can just drop them into one of the 11 Électrobac collection boxes around the campus.
“We’re building on the initial Électrobac pilot project launched by the Office of Sustainable Development at HEC Montréal and COOP HEC Montréal in November 2011, which proved a great success. It collected over 700 kg of batteries and personal electronics in just one year,” explains Pierre Batellier, Sustainable Development Co-ordinator at HEC Montréal.
The electronic waste collected is shipped to a local processing centre, in Dorval, minimizing transportation. The centre, certified by the Recycler Qualification Office and governed by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA-Québec), reconditions personal electronic devices where possible and recycles the rest, after erasing all personal data they may hold.
Matthieu Decoste, Environmental Advisor, Polytechnique Montréal; Stéphane Béranger, Sustainable Development Co-ordinator, Université de Montréal; Marc-André Cyrenne, Manager, Van Horne IGA; Pierre Batellier, Sustainable Development Co-ordinator, HEC Montréal; Anne Roudaut, Environmental Advisor, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf; Jacques Fortin, Director of Sustainable Development, HEC Montréal; Ludivine Mas, Director of Programs and the IGA Eco Fund – Jour de la Terre Québec; Pierre Lussier, Director, Jour de la Terre Québec.
Marc-André Cyrenne (BBA, 2009), Manager, Van Horne IGA, with Philip Bénard (BBA, 2011), President, Électrobac.