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5...Ontarianswanttobepartofasolutionforresponsiblesafeandfiscallyprudentrecycling.2013wasanexcitingyearforOntarioswasteelectricalandelectronicequipmentWEEEdiversionprogramonefilledwithcontinuedmomentumandgreatresults.InJulytheprogrammarkedasignificantmilestonewiththeannouncementthatsinceApril2009morethan200000tonnesofelectronicwastehadbeencollectedandsuccessfullydivertedfromlandfillacrosstheprovince.ThisachievementconfirmsthatOntarianswanttobepartofasolutionforresponsiblesafeandfiscallyprudentrecycling.Inshorttheyaremakingadifference.Werealldoingourpartbymakingdisposingofunwantedelectronicsmoreconvenientthanever.Accessibilityresearchconductedin2013showsthat96.4percentofOntarianslivewithin10kilometresofacollectionsite.ThroughtheeffortsofOESanditsserviceprovidersourcollectionnetworkhasexpandedtothepointwherevirtuallyeveryOntarianhasaccesstoadrop-offpoint.Wealsofoundcompellingwaystobuildprogramawarenessandeducatethepublicaboutitscollectionefforts.OESworkedwithlocalOttawaartiststocommissionaRecycleYourElectronics.caFireflypendantmadefromrecycledelectronicsthatwasfeaturedatNuitBlancheOttawa-Gatineauagrassrootsall-nightcommunityfestival.WealsolaunchedapilotmulticulturaleducationprogramwiththeChinesecommunityintheGreaterTorontoAreaGTA.ThepilotwasconductedintraditionalChineseandgarneredextensivemediacoverageinmajorChinesemedia.Wereproudtosaythatbothoftheseprojectswererecognizedbytheprestigious2014IABCTorontoOVATIONAwardsprogram.Knowingthecrucialrolethateducatorsplayinteachingfuturerecyclerstheimportanceofresponsiblemanagementofend-of-lifeelectronicsthisyearwealsodevelopedcoursecontentforusebygrades9and10studentsandtheirscienceteachersintheclassroom.Asofthiswritingeducationcurriculumoutreachhasrolledoutwithenthusiasticresponsefromtheeducatorcommunityonitsvaluetoapreliminarylistofsome40districtschoolboards.OESalsotooksomeimportantstepstoensurestabilityfortheprogram.2013sawthetransitiontoacost-recovery-fundingmodeleffectiveMay12013inaccordancewithregulatorydirection.Themodelbringsfinancialstabilitytotheprogrambyallowingfortheprovisionofoperatingreservesmaterialcategorydeficitrecoveryandannualrecoveryofactualcosts.Aswelookaheadtomarkingourfifthyearofoperationsweenvisageaprogramthatcontinuestomaturewithstablecollectionvolumesever-expandingeducationeffortsandbackedbyasustainablefundingmodel.Forallthatwehaveachievedtogetherin2013andforyourcontinuedparticipationinthisimportantprogramthankyou.MESSAGEFROMTHEACTINGEXECUTIVEDIRECTORLyndaKitamuraMESSAGEFROMTHEACTINGEXECUTIVEDIRECTOR