Dixie Outlet Mall

Dixie Outlet Mall
Golden Horseshoe Green Tech

Golden Horseshoe Green Tech

April 17, 2012 14:03 ET

Free Electronic Waste Collection Event at Dixie Outlet Mall

Community Invited to Recycle Unwanted Computers and Electronics

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) -

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Electronic waste (e-waste) is on the rise in Canada at a startling rate. In fact, it is estimated that sixteen per-cent (16%) of Canadian households throw their e-waste in the garbage. Dixie Outlet Mall is collaborating with Golden Horseshoe Green Tech (GHGT) to host three days of free e-waste collection on Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 2012 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The community is invited to drop off unwanted computers, TV's, telephones, DVD players, PDA's, MP3 players, and other electronics, for recycling at Dixie Outlet Mall, 1250 South Service Road, Mississauga, ON., North-East parking lot. For a full list of accepted items, please visit www.ghgt.ca. "Dixie Outlet Mall is thrilled to partner with GHGT on this initiative. This collaboration enriches our commitment to our community, the environment, and social responsibility," said Nicole Meriano, Marketing Director, Dixie Outlet Mall.

In support of the Hamilton Youth Tech Education program, GHGT will salvage the unwanted computers and use them for educational purposes. At-risk youths and young adults will learn, alongside qualified staff, how to build and repair computer systems and set up small networks. Program participants get to keep, and utilize, the refurbished computers for educational, e learning, and homework activities. In 2011, GHGT collected an estimated 146 tonnes of unwanted electronic equipment and has refurbished/reused hundreds of computers and other electronic devices.

"Our purpose is to create alternative youth education opportunities by developing innovative practices, such as, collecting community e-waste to fund and produce materials required for learning. We invite the community to help us dispose of obsolete electronics and divert this potentially toxic waste from local landfill sites," said Ali Shahidi, President, Golden Horseshoe Green Tech.

Important e-waste Facts:

  • E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream worldwide.
  • Each year, 140,000 tonnes of electronic equipment end up in Canadian landfills. This does not include computer and telecommunications equipment, which in a separate, earlier study, estimated an additional 34,000 tonnes to the trash heap.
  • The electronics industry is a four billion dollar industry and growing.
  • E-waste harms the environment with toxic chemicals such as, lead, mercury, and arsenic.

About Dixie Outlet Mall: Dixie Outlet Mall is one of Canada's largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, owned and operated by Ivanhoe Cambridge Group. Featuring a diverse selection of popular brands, Dixie boasts more than 135 stores including brand name outlet concepts, making it a shopping destination for local and out-of-town visitors who seek added value in their shopping experience. Conveniently located at QEW & Dixie. www.dixieoutletmall.com.

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