Recycle Your Electronics: Classroom Activities to Teach Stewardship

recycle electronicsBy Sandra Pakosh

Curriculum Connection: Grade 9 Applied and Academic — Physics, Technology

We all love our electronics. We never go anywhere without them and we want to keep up with the latest and greatest tech toys.

Did you know electronics contain gold and other precious metals? They are also made with some hazardous materials, and contain recyclables like glass, plastic, and metal. That’s why it’s a lot more efficient to recycle these materials safely than to dig them from the ground or to remake them.

But, what do we do with our out-of-use electronics? What is the responsible choice?

Our job at is to make sure that there is a safe, environmentally responsible way to reuse or recycle electronics. is operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), and is a not-for-profit organization funded and governed by the electronics industry producers. offers a convenient and secure way for Ontario residents and businesses to recycle electronics free of charge. We believe that we have a shared responsibility to take care of electronics here in the province we call home;,using high environmental and health and safety standards. So we divert these items from landfill, using local service providers who adhere to strict regulations and standards, including techniques to ensure sensitive data, such as your personal information and photographs, are destroyed in the recycling process.

That’s where you come in. Learn how to reuse or recycle your electronics. Take action by collecting electronics at home, in your school and in your community.

Help divert electronic waste from landfill and protect our environment. Remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Use your electronics as long as possible.

When you have to replace your electronics, take the old or unwanted item(s) free of charge to one of hundreds of
approved collection depots, sites or events. Go to to find out where and how.

On the following pages, you’ll find some activities to do with your class, to help teach about electronics recycling.

Taking care now will mean a greener tomorrow for us all.

Click here for the Teacher’s Activity Guide.


Sandra Pakosh is the Director of Communications at Ontario Electronic Stewardship. From: Grade 9 Science and Technology Electricity Student Activities Guides by, a free resource.