5.0 PROGRAM PERFORMANCE In 2017, OES continued its efforts to deliver an accessible, environmentally responsible WEEE diversion program, diverting 52,712 tonnes of end-of-life electronics from landfill. Tonnage targets were set at the inception of the OES program in 2009, for the initial five-year period of 2009–2014. These targets were set using the best available data at the time (2008) but no actual Ontario program experience was available. Additionally, other provincial programs were new and the electronics industry was on the verge of launching a digital age where technology began to consolidate and get significantly lighter. In June 2016, OES submitted a proposal on OES targets for 2016 and an update to the Discard Model because the existing model exhibited wide divergences on product lifespan assumptions and sales put on market. Product weights were also updated as the weights of televisions have declined by as much as 57% since program inception. Light-weighting, miniaturization and consolidation of products are beginning to occur at a rapid pace and need to be taken into consideration when establishing program benchmarks. For a detailed break out of materials please see Table 7. The total of 52,712 tonnes collected in 2017 represents 3.92 kg of collected material per Ontario resident. From program commencement (2009) to the end of 2017, the OES program has diverted and processed a total of 507,619 tonnes of end-of-life electronics. Ontarians expect that WEEE delivered into the OES program will be handled safely, securely and in an environmentally responsible way. OES ensures that its approved processors adhere to high standards to protect not only the health and safety of the environment, but also of workers. The difference between “collection” and “recycling” is material that is not diverted for recycling purposes. This includes materials that are landfilled because of no or low recoverable value (e.g., treated wood from console televisions), recovered in slag but not used for another purpose and organic materials that are lost in the smelting process (e.g., plastics that are consumed as energy and not recovered) WEEE Program Plan, reporting an overall program recycling rate of 84% of the collected materials sent for end-of-life management through approved OES Processors. This rate represents the total percentage of materials that was diverted from landfill during the recycling process. For a detailed summary of the total recycled material after efficiency rates have been applied please view Table 8 below. 18