December 7, 2010
Media Release

Municipal election sign recycling program achieves tonnes of results

More than nine tonnes of election signs diverted from disposal through York Region program
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York election sign recycling program diverted a total of 9.42 tonnes of election signs from disposal following the October municipal election.
 
Election candidates, campaign team members and York Region residents were invited to drop off corrugated plastic (coroplast) election signs at York Region’s Waste Management Centre in the Town of East Gwillimbury and at the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre in the City of Vaughan.  The program was offered free-of-charge and provided a convenient range of dates and times for election sign drop-off.
 
York Region has recycled election signs from previous federal and provincial elections.  The election sign recycling program is just one of the many initiatives York Region offers to reduce residual waste.
 
This year’s results represent a 131-per cent increase in the total quantity of material recycled compared to the 2006 municipal election.  The increase is attributed to increased awareness of the program, an additional drop-off location and more drop-off dates and times.
 
Reuse is another method of waste diversion practiced by some election candidates.  When possible, York Region strongly encourages the reuse of goods before recycling.
 
For more information on York Region’s waste diversion strategies, please visit www.york.ca/waste
 
For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905-830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905-251-6412
 Email:  Michelle.McEwan@york.ca

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