Get ready, Ontario: the tour is coming to you!

Mobile electronics recycling centre begins its journey across northern Ontario this Saturday, inviting residents from Sault Ste. Marie to Sioux Lookout to "drive up, drop off and do good"

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Residents in communities across Ontario will soon be getting a visit from the tour, which kicks off a summer-long tour in Sault Ste. Marie this Saturday, May 28. Each tour stop will provide a convenient drop-off point for residents and businesses to safely recycle old, used and unwanted televisions, computers and dozens of other items free of charge, while also offering games, giveaways and a chance to learn more about responsible electronics recycling.

This tour is run by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), which is tasked with diverting electronic waste from landfill to ensure hazardous components like batteries, leaded glass, and mercury containing bulbs are safely and responsibly recycled while valuable components like metal, glass and plastic are reclaimed and used to make everything from water pipes to coins.

The first stop on the tour takes place Saturday, May 28 at the Station Mall, 293 Bay St (Section D of the parking lot). Residents and businesses are welcome to stop by any time from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and bring their electronics for recycling. The centre will also visit dozens of communities in the coming months, including:

  • Blind River
  • Elliot Lake
  • Spanish
  • Sudbury
  • Capreol
  • New Liskeard
  • Cochrane 
  • Timmins
  • Chapleau
  • Wawa
  • Manitouwadge
  • Thunder Bay
  • Dryden
  • Kenora
  • Rainy River
  • Fort Frances
  • Kapuskasing
  • Red Rock
  • Sioux Lookout

"Research shows that 90 per cent of Ontarians have at least one electronic item at home that they need to dispose of, so we know this stuff is out there," said Carol Hochu, executive director, OES. "Last fall, our first-ever mobile tour visited 14 cities across southern Ontario, and was a hit with people looking to get rid of their unwanted electronics. This year, we're particularly excited to bring the tour - and access to our program - to communities in northern Ontario."

Residents in southern and rural Ontario will also have an opportunity to rid themselves of electronic clutter. The tour will visit numerous festivals, fairs, concerts and sporting events throughout the summer and fall across the province, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the program while disposing of handheld devices, such as cameras and cell phones, for free.

To keep track of the tour as it unfolds, and for locations, event details, photos, blog posts and more, please visit:

The OES program now accepts more than 44 types of electronic items, including:

Amplifiers • Audio and video players & recorders • Cameras • Cell phones • Computers (desktop & laptop) and peripherals • Copiers • Digital cameras • Fax machines • Monitors • Pagers and PDAs • Printers • Radios • Receivers • Scanners • Speakers • Telephones and answering machines • Tuners • Turntables • Televisions • Video projectors

About Ontario Electronic Stewardship
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is a not-for-profit industry organization that oversees the responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics through hundreds of approved and affiliated collection sites across the province. The program began operations in 2009, and was developed with Waste Diversion Ontario on behalf of the Ontario government in compliance to the Waste Diversion Act.

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SOURCE Ontario Electronic Stewardship

For further information:

Media Contact:
Cayley Kochel, Veritas Communications
Phone: O 416.955.4572 | C 647.330.3476
Program Media Contact:
Sandra Pakosh
Phone: O: 416.380.4545


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