October 15, 2007

Join York Region for a Reuse/Dropoff event this weekend

York Region, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity partner up to honour Waste Reduction Week 


NEWMARKET Ė In recognition of Waste Reduction Week October 15th to 21st, The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, is hosting a Reuse/Dropoff event on Saturday, October 20th. 


Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents are invited to visit York Regionís Waste Management Centre at 100 Garfield Wright Boulevard in the Town of East Gwillimbury to drop off recyclable or reusable items.  At the event, residents can also drop off shredded paper in clear plastic bags.


Good quality reusable items accepted by Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity include:


         Clothing and accessories                                   

         Books, music, DVDs, videos

         Games, toys, sports equipment, tools

         Fabrics, textiles, housewares

         Light and plumbing fixtures

         Kitchen and bath cabinets

         Unused full bundles of shingles

         Unopened paint cans



Specially priced composters will be available at the event for $10 each (cash only).  Tours of the Waste Management Centre where recyclable material is processed will also be available approximately every 30 minutes. 


To drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), residents can visit the HHW depot at 225 Garfield Wright Boulevard in the Town of East Gwillimbury.  It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. accepting items such as household cleaners, batteries, leftover paint, prescriptions, pesticides and other HHWs.


Waste Reduction Week is celebrated annually by York Region and many other Regionís across Canada to encourage residents to take an active role in reducing waste.  Further information is available at www.wrwcanada.com


For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:         Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412

                                 Email:  Kim.Sinclair@york.ca
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