June 2, 2011
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York diverts three tonnes of waste from landfill through federal election sign recycling program

One-week sign collection period nets significant results
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York election sign recycling program for the May federal election recycled three tonnes of signs, representing a 261-per cent increase over the 1.15 tonnes recycled following the 2006 federal election.
“Recycling three tonnes of election signs is a remarkable achievement and credit is due to the candidates for taking advantage of this program,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “York Region is first in waste diversion among large urban municipalities and the great success of our recycling programs is attributable to our residents embracing the philosophy of the 4Rs.”  
The program is in place for one week after the election with candidates responsible for taking their signs to the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre in the City of Vaughan or the Georgina Waste Transfer Station. 
Election signs, generally made of polypropylene, can be recycled by one of York Region’s mixed plastics recyclers who sort, grind, wash, process and pelletize the material. The signs are converted into resin pellets, which are sold to injection moulding companies who manufacture durable plastic goods such as side trays for barbecues, plastic furniture and grocery baskets.
Since 2006, 18.7 tonnes of elections signs from York Region have been diverted from landfill.
“These signs are recycled into everyday products that we all have around our homes.  I appreciate seeing the end results of our efforts,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee.  “This program benefits everyone – the candidate, the environment and the homeowner as these signs must be recycled within one week of the election.”
For more information on York Region’s solid waste management program, please 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: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1237 / Cell: 905-505-5775
Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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