Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Ontario Electronic Stewardship

December 08, 2011 10:27 ET

Ontarians Prove They Are World-Class Recyclers With the RecycleYourElectronics.ca Mobile Tour

Participants encouraged to "drive up, drop off, do good" help shatter e-waste collection goal

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2011) -

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From May to October Ontarians did their part to help the environment by diverting more than 233 tonnes of electronic waste from landfill as part of the RecycleYourElectronics.ca mobile tour. The tour saw the Recycleyourelectronics.ca team travel 135,000 km to 36 remote and rural communities in northern and southern Ontario sharing information about safe, responsible recycling of unwanted electronics with more than 2 million people at festivals, fairs, and pow wows.

The RecycleYourElectronics.ca program is run by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a non-profit industry organization tasked with diverting electronic waste from landfill and educating and encouraging responsible reuse and safe recycling of unwanted electronics.

"We are delighted with the response from enthusiastic Ontarians and First Nations communities whose participation helped us surpass our collection goal of 200 tonnes," says Carol Hochu, Executive Director, OES. "With the help of residents and businesses, we collected the tonnage equivalent of two blue whales!"

The tour wrapped up with a collection event at the final game of the Toronto Football Club. The RecycleYourElectronics.ca team was also cheering on the Toronto FC at every home game this season, providing fans a drop-off point for small electronics and offering games, giveaways and a chance to learn more about the responsible reuse and recycling of electronics.

As part of the tour, OES also partnered with Live Nation to bring the RecycleYourElectronics.ca team to concerts.

"A big thank you to Ontarians, municipal and community leaders, and our friends at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Live Nation," says Hochu. "In addition to building awareness about the issue and solutions, including convenient drop-off locations throughout the province, together we are creating momentum that will further Ontario's reputation as home to world-class recyclers."

RecycleYourElectronics.ca accepts 44 types of electronics across a province-wide collection network of hundreds of OES-approved and affiliated sites. As part of the tour, full collection stops were supported by advertising and community outreach to encourage residents to attend one or two-day events along with their end-of-life electronics in communities, from Wawa to Walkerton, including:

- Owen Sound

- Port Hope

- Glencoe

- Metcalfe

- Perth

- Moore/Brigden

- Walkerton

- Toronto

- Atikokan

- Blind River

- Capreol

- Chapleau and Devon

- Cochrane

- Dryden

- Elliot Lake

- Espanola

- Fort Frances

- Geraldton

- Kapuskasing

- Kenora

- Manitouwadge

- Marathon

- New Liskeard

- Nipigon

- Pic Mobert

- Rainy River

- Red Rock

- Sault St. Marie

- Sioux-Lookout

- Smooth Rock Falls

- Spanish/Massey

- Sturgeon Falls

- Sudbury

- Thunder Bay

- Timmins

- Wawa

About Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a not-for-profit industry organization, oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of end-of-life electronics. OES offers a convenient, secure and no-charge way for Ontario residents and businesses to recycle electronics. This program is helping to create a cleaner environmental future for Ontarians.

For the full list of accepted items and to find a collection site near you, visit www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.

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