June 16, 2010
Media Release

Recycle your unwanted electronics across York Region

Come out to the upcoming e-waste collection event or visit a York Region depot
NEWMARKET ??"The Regional Municipality of York, the Town of East Gwillimbury and Greentec invite residents to a special electronic waste (e-waste) collection event on Saturday, June 19. 
 
The one-day event takes place at the East Gwillimbury Civic Centre, 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
 
Residents are invited to drop off items big and small free-of-charge, such as cellphones, ipods, digital cameras, computers, printers and televisions.  Taking the time to recycle an item as small as your cellphone makes a difference in protecting the environment and increasing diversion.
 
If you can’t make it to this weekend’s event, visit one of York Region’s dropoff depots, accessible year round at the following locations:
• Georgina Waste Transfer Station, 23068 Warden Avenue, Town of Georgina
• York Region Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot, 225 Garfield Wright Boulevard, Town of East Gwillimbury
• Markham Household Hazardous WasteDepot, West side of Rodick Road between 14th Avenue and Miller Avenue, Town of Markham
• Vaughan Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 2840 Rutherford Road, City of Vaughan
• McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre (CEC),130 McCleary Court, City of Vaughan
 
Electronic materials can contain harmful substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium.  Recycling e-waste rather than dropping it at the curb ensures these materials will be recycled, reused or disposed of responsibly, all while diverting waste from landfill.  Greentec recycles electronic materials on behalf of York Region.
 
Residents are encouraged to take electronics that still work to organizations that will reuse and refurbish them. Electronics that are at the end of their life and no longer work can be dropped off for recycling at York Region’s McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre, York Region Household Hazardous Waste Depots or at a special collection event.  For additional electronics reuse and recycling locations, visit www.dowhatyoucan.ca
 
Approximately 1,000 tonnes of electronic waste were collected for recycling at York Region depots in 2009. 
 
For more information on York Region public depots including acceptable materials and hours of operation, 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

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