Eighty-five per cent of residents live within 10 kilometres of an
e-waste collection site
TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - With the Super Bowl just days away, fans across
Ontario will be gearing up for game day by purchasing a brand new TV or
home entertainment system. While upgrading existing equipment can make
for that ultimate big-screen experience, football fans are reminded
that there is a safe and environmentally friendly way to divert their
unwanted or obsolete items.
"There is no doubt that major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl,
encourage people to purchase new electronics like speakers and
flat-screen TVs," says Carol Hochu, Executive Director of Ontario
Electronic Stewardship (OES). "But after the game is over, it's
important to remember that replaced or outdated items should never be
disposed of in the garbage. Electronics can be dropped off for
recycling, reuse or refurbishment at hundreds of locations across
Consumers 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 more than 600 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,
Enjoy peace of mind. Dropping off a computer or cellphone as well? 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
part of the OES program adhere to strict guidelines, so from the time
it is accepted, electronic waste is managed safely and securely.
Once collected, items are destined for re-use or end-of-life recycling.
In the latter case, valuable commodities such as steel, aluminum,
copper, glass and plastic are shredded, smelted or processed as raw
materials. Recycled plastics are used to manufacture water pipes,
recycled glass is fabricated into new monitors or TVs, and metals can
be minted into coins.
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 600 collection sites and
numerous other affiliate sites across the province. Each 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, 2002. 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:
visit www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca and www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.