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Plastics challenge – E-waste




Plastics challenge – E-waste is highly relevant to Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) mandate and the federal government’s commitment to move Canada towards a zero plastic waste economy.

This program aims to seek a solution that will enable recycling of e-waste plastics and metals in Canada while respecting domestic and international requirements and obligations.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will support eligible organizations that proposed solution on plastic challenge – E-waste:

  1. Be a functional, scalable, cost-effective, and energy efficient solution to e-waste plastics;
  2. Be informed by science, be evidence-based and consider environmental, social, and economic impacts;
  3. Describe the proposed technology and/or business-model and how it compares with existing management operations/activities for e-waste plastics, and explain its benefits and drawbacks throughout the entire life-cycle (i.e., from input, production, use, recovery/recycle, and final waste disposal);
  4. Ensure that chemicals of concern i.e. cobalt, lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phthalates, and acids are properly managed and are not released into the environment or do not result in human health exposure;
  5. Decontaminate plastics removed from e-waste at the dismantling stage;
  6. Enable the conversion of decontaminated e-waste plastics into valuable materials or molecules;
  7. Divert e-waste plastics from landfills without exporting and recycling it outside of Canada;
  8. Have no adverse environmental impacts.

In addition, the proposed solution should:

  1. Be a functional, scalable, cost-effective, and energy efficient solution to e-waste metals and heavy metals;
  2. Demonstrate improved value-recovery for e-waste metals and heavy metals;
  3. Enable the recycling and/or processing of rare earth elements (such as magnets in hard drives and mobile device screens) recovered from e-waste after being decoupled from the plastic components;
  4. Demonstrate improved potential for repair, refurbishment, and remanufacturing of e-waste plastics and/or metals;
  5. Meet or exceed the requirements for the Greening Government Strategy, which looks to reduce the environmental impact of waste associated with the chemicals and metals found in electrical and electronic equipment products used by the Government of Canada.

Deadline Date

  Closing date: May 26, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time


Contact Name: Shared Services Canada (SSC)

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