January 24, 2006

York Region implements pilot project to recycle election signs


NEWMARKET In an effort to cut down on the amount of election signs going to landfill following the January 23rd federal election, the Regional Municipality of York has initiated a pilot program to recycle corrugated plastic election signs from January 24th to January 28th.


Campaign office representatives and members of the public who have corrugated plastic signs are invited to drop signs off at two locations for recycling:




Plastic film signs will not be accepted. Metal or wood stakes and wires must be removed from signs.


For high volume drop-offs, please contact 1-877-464-9675 Extension 5746 to ensure adequate capacity will be available at drop-off time.


York Region continues to significantly improve waste diversion from landfills, thanks in large part to the opening of its Waste Management Centre in July 2005.  This pilot project is one of several initiatives including the recent addition of several new plastic products to the Blue Box program and the announcement of a Styrofoam and complex plastic recycling project in Schomberg designed to further reduce reliance on landfills.


York Region Waste Management staff will closely monitor the results of the election sign recycling pilot, with the intent of running the program again following the municipal elections in November if results are positive.


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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca


Media Contact:        Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or after-hours pager 905-830-3302

                                 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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