Eighty-five per cent of Ontario residents - including dads - live within
10 kilometres of an electronic waste collection site
TORONTO, June 13, 2011 /CNW/ - This weekend, hundreds of fathers will be
celebrated with the latest and greatest electronic gadget. But before
tossing that old cell phone into the junk drawer, or carting that
outdated computer to the basement, dads are reminded that there is a
safe and environmentally responsible way to recycle their unwanted or
"We all know that dads love their 'toys' and this Father's Day many will
be receiving upgraded electronics," says Carol Hochu, Executive
Director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). "So it's important to
remember that replaced or outdated items should never be disposed of in
the garbage. Electronics can be dropped off for end-of-life management
at hundreds of locations across Ontario."
Fathers who find themselves with unwanted electronics should do the
Make sure the items are accepted. More than 40 different types of e-waste are accepted through the
Ontario Electronic Stewardship program, including TVs, speakers,
computers, cell phones, most office equipment and more. A full list is
available at www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.
Find a convenient drop-off location. The OES program includes hundreds of collection locations and many
other affiliate sites, and eighty-five per cent of Ontarians live
within 10 kilometres of at least one of them. To locate one near you,
visit www.recycleyourelectronics.ca. Live in Northern Ontario? Your community may be getting a visit from
the RecycleYourElectronics.ca tour, a Summer-long event that provides
consumers and businesses with a convenient drop-off point. Visit recycleyourelectronics.ca/tour for a full list of stops and details.
Enjoy peace of mind. Dropping off a computer or cell phone? Residents are reminded to clear
their drives and wipe their SIM cards of all information before
dropping them off. However, collectors and processors that are approved
by OES adhere to strict guidelines, so from the time it's accepted,
electronic waste is managed safely and securely.
Once collected, hazardous components like batteries, leaded glass and
mercury containing bulbs are removed and managed while valuable
commodities such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic are
recovered. Recycled plastics are used to manufacture water pipes,
recycled glass is fabricated into new monitors or TVs, and metals can
be minted into coins.
For more information, visit www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.
About Ontario Electronic Stewardship
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a not-for-profit industry
organization, oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of waste
electronics through a program that includes hundreds of collection
sites and numerous other affiliate sites across the province. Every
Ontario resident and business is encouraged to safely recycle their
The program was developed with Waste Diversion Ontario on behalf of the
Ontario government under the Waste Diversion Act. The OES electronic waste recycling program accepts 44 items of
electronic waste including computers, televisions, DVD players,
hand-held devices and more.
SOURCE Ontario Electronic Stewardship
For further information:
Laura Sundy on behalf of Ontario Electronic Stewardship