Media Release

December 9, 2011

The Regional Municipality of York encourages you to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rejoice!

Go green during the holiday season
NEWMARKET- With the holidays fast approaching, The Regional Municipality of York encourages our residents to incorporate the 3Rs into your holiday celebrations.
• Good things come in small packages - avoid products with excessive packaging
• Give the gift of an activity or entertainment
• Entertain using real dishes and cutlery; if you must use disposables, choose paper plates (not foam) and be sure to put them in the Green Bin for collection

• Bring along your own reusable shopping bag; not only will you save a five-cent fee charged by many retailers, you’ll also help the environment
• Reuse bows, wrap and gift bags
• Get creative with your wrapping ??" packages can be wrapped in cloth, newsprint (comics for the kids) and reusable bags; visit sites such as for innovative gift wrapping ideas
• Bubble wrap from packages throughout the year can be saved to secure parcels during the holidays
• Gently-used toys and appliances are being placed in Blue Boxes for curbside collection; these items can be given a new lease on life by visiting the McCleary Court or Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centres, where Goodwill Industries or Habitat for Humanity York Region are on-site to receive your donation

• Save paper wrap in good condition for use during the year; cards can be recycled into gift tags
• Place food scraps and paper napkins in your Green Bin for curbside collection
• Visit and check the Bin-dicator to find out if your recyclables should be placed in your Green Bin or Blue Box or dropped off at one of the Region’s depots.
Regardless of your family’s holiday traditions, an online donation to a favourite charity is the ultimate waste-free gift that helps the most.

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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237 • Cell: 905-505-5775 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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