In my opinion: why e-bikes are now part of a provincial program

Electric bikes and scooters are now covered by the British Columbia EPR program. | ABB Photo/Shutterstock

The Canadian province of British Columbia has long been a leader in establishing industry-led extended producer responsibility programs for its residents. Since 2007, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) BC has been a pioneer in delivering cost effective and efficient recycling programs for a wide range of electronic devices on behalf of manufacturers, retailers and other obligated “stewards”. which are regulated on the Pacific Coast. Province.

Craig Wisehart

Craig Wisehart

In line with these regulations, our stewards encouraged us to add the growing market segment of e-bikes and e-scooters to our already long list of devices covered, including electronic toys, electronic medical devices and music as well as traditional electronic devices such as televisions, computers, printers, etc. Click here for a full list.

The North American e-bike market, fueled by demand from Canada and the United States, is expected to grow at an annual rate of 11% through 2028. Rising customer demand, rising fuel costs and a growing trend towards recreational activities are increasing the growth of the industry in Canada.

The integration of e-bikes/e-scooters into our BC program makes sense in several respects:

  • With over 300 collection sites across the province, consumers enjoy the convenience we offer to have a point of deposit and accessible local recycling.
  • The metals, plastics and batteries that e-bikes are made from are similar to many devices that we already collect and responsibly recycle every day. In 2020, BC EPRA collected and recycled nearly 14,000 tonnes of regulated electronics from BC residents. This equates to 1,400 truckloads.
  • Finally, EPRA BC only works with processors that are approved under the National Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS). This ensures that recyclers maintain appropriate environmental, health and safety controls and handle all materials correctly – which is important when recycling e-bikes and e-scooters.

With the addition of electric bikes, we believe that the EPRA BC maintains its pioneering program position for the management led by the electronics industry regulated in Canada.

Craig Wisehart is Executive Director of the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) Western Canada. EPRA is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that operates regulated recycling programs in Canada. We ensure that end-of-life electronics are processed in a safe, secure and environmentally sound environment. To learn more about EPRA BC, visit

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not imply endorsement by Resource Recycling, Inc. If you have a topic you would like covered in an editorial, please send a short proposal to [email protected] for exam.

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