October 24, 2008
Media Release

Your good quality reusable items deserve a second life

York Region invites residents to a Reuse and Recycle Event this weekend
NEWMARKET – In recognition of Waste Reduction Week October 19th to 25th, The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, is hosting a Reuse & Recycle Event on Saturday, October 25th. 
By reusing, residents give good quality items a second life and divert unnecessary waste from landfill.
When:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: York Region’s Waste Management Centre, 100 Garfield Wright Boulevard,
  Town of East Gwillimbury
What:   York Region, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity accepting reusable materials from residents.
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
• Hardware
Specially priced composters will be available at the event for $10 each (cash only) while quantities last.  Tours of the Waste Management Centre to learn how recyclable materials are processed will also be available.  Face painting and children’s crafts will be offered inside.
To drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), residents can visit the HHW depot nearby 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, propane tanks, leftover paint, prescriptions, pesticides and other HHWs.
Waste Reduction Week is celebrated annually by York Region and many other locations across Canada to encourage residents to reduce waste.  More information is available at www.wrwcanada.com
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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

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