Showering dad with new electronics this Father's Day? Remember to recycle his old ones

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 But before tossing that old cell phone into the junk drawer, or carting that outdated computer to the basement, dads are reminded that there is a safe and environmentally responsible way to recycle their unwanted or obsolete items.

"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 "So it's important to remember that replaced or outdated items should never be disposed of in the garbage.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 following:

  • 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 electronics.

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:

Media Contact:
Laura Sundy on behalf of Ontario Electronic Stewardship
O) 416-955-4579
M) 416-571-0140
sundy@veritascanada.com

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