November 17, 2008
Media Release

Is your electronic waste getting to the right place?

York Region encourages residents to drop off e-waste at one of four local depots
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that electronic waste (e-waste) such as cell phones, computers, printers and game systems can be dropped off free-of-charge at four public waste depots throughout York Region.
 
Electronic materials can contain harmful substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium.  Taking e-waste to one of York Region’s depots rather than dropping it at the curb ensures materials will be recycled, reused or responsibly disposed of, all while diverting unnecessary waste from landfill.
 
All companies that recycle electronic materials on behalf of York Region comply with the Basal Convention, an international agreement signed by Canada that ensures Hazardous Waste, including electronics will not be exported to non-developed nations. 
 
 Over 536 tonnes of electronic waste was collected at York Region depots in 2007. 
Locations of the dropoff depots:
• 23068 Warden Avenue, Town of Georgina,
• 225 Garfield Wright Boulevard, Town of East Gwillimbury.
• West side of Rodick Road between 14th Avenue and Miller Avenue, Town of Markham.
• 2840 Rutherford Road, City of Vaughan
 
While all depots accept e-waste free-of-charge, certain volume limits do apply.  Visit www.york.ca/waste to
view complete details along with hours of operation for each facility.
 
For more information on York Region public depots or any other York Region waste management initiative, please call 1-877-464-9675 or visit www.york.ca/waste
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email:  Kim.MacGillivray@york.ca