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Press Release: Can we trust the OES?

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What has been omitted from recent articles about Ontario's new WEEE plan is information about the proponents of it. The plan was created by OES members who are backed by big business.

When a company creates a problem, should we trust them to provide the solution? When an oil tanker spills, should we trust the oil company to clean it up?

WireService.ca Press Release - Similar questions are raised about Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) and Waste Diversion Ontario's plan to deal with electronic waste (or Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment otherwise called WEEE) in Ontario.

Not many people would deny that there is a problem with our society's current system of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.

According to Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff, North Americans discard 99% of what we buy within 6 months of purchase - everything from mops and shoes to computers. We desperately need a change from our system of consumption and disposal to a sustainable system of reuse and green manufacturing.

What has been omitted from recent articles about Ontario's new WEEE plan is information about the proponents of it. The plan was created by OES members who are backed by big business.

The members of this organization are:

  • Sean De Vries - Panasonic Canada Inc.- President
  • Nick Aubry - Sony of Canada Ltd. - Secretary / Treasurer
  • Jennifer Barbazza - Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
  • Christa Copeland - Best Buy Canada Ltd.
  • Frances Edmonds - Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
  • Peter Skubna - Hudson's Bay Company
  • Rebecca Wellum - Dell Canada Inc.
  • Dalton Burger - Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) (non-voting member)
  • Rachel Kagan - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) (non-voting member)

As can be observed, not one member of this organization is involved in computer or electronics recycling or reuse as their primary business. All of the members businesses are focused on manufacturing, importing or selling the items that are the subject of this plan. Why is there not a single member of the OES who's business focus is completely on the reuse and recycling of WEEE?

Of course, all of this begs the question - should we trust them to provide a solution to the annual 157,000 ton WEEE problem that faces our province?

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