Monday, August 8, 2011

The Tour is Coming to You!

Mobile electronics recycling centre continues its journey across Ontario this Fall, inviting Ontarians to "drive up, drop off, do good"

TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - More Ontario communities are about to get a visit from the tour and their chance to rid themselves of unwanted electronics. On the heels of a successful summer-long tour through northern Ontario that stopped in dozens of communities from Sault Ste. Marie to Sioux Lookout, the tour will now swing through Southern Ontario. Tour stops will provide a convenient drop-off point for residents and businesses to safely recycle old, used and unwanted televisions, computers and dozens of other items free of charge, while also offering games, giveaways and a chance to learn more about responsible electronics recycling.

This tour is run by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), which is tasked with diverting electronic waste from landfill to ensure hazardous components like batteries, leaded glass, and mercury-containing bulbs are safely and responsibly recycled while valuable components like metal, glass and plastic are reclaimed and used to make everything from water pipes to coins.

OES has partnered with Live Nation to bring the tour to festivals, fairs, concerts and sporting events throughout the summer and fall across the province, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the program while disposing of handheld devices, such as cameras and cell phones, for free.

"We believe that the work OES does in promoting safe and responsible recycling of electronics is part of building a sustainable future for all of us here in the province. We're happy to be part of their initiative to help educate and inform Ontarians about how to recycle their electronics," said Paul Corcoran, Executive Vice-President, Venues, Live Nation.

The team will be cheering on the Toronto FC at every home game and offering fans a drop-off point to dispose of unwanted cell phones, cameras and other small electronic items, while also offering games, giveaways and a chance to learn more about responsible electronics recycling. "We're proud to work with Ontario Electronic Stewardship to help promote safe and responsible recycling of electronics as part of our commitment to sustainability as an organization. We look forward to a successful partnership and encourage Toronto FC fans to learn more and join us in doing our part to keep used and unwanted electronics out of Ontario landfills," Paul Beirne, Sr. director of business operations, Toronto FC.

The next stop on the tour takes place Friday, September 2 - Monday September 5 at the Perth Fall Fair. Residents and businesses are welcome to stop by any time from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and bring their electronics for recycling. The mobile electronics recycling centre will also be in dozens of additional communities in the coming months, including:

• Owen Sound • Port Hope • Glencoe • Metcalfe • Moore/Brigden • Walkerton • Toronto

"Together with our service providers and Ontario residents and businesses, we have diverted more than 50,000 tonnes of waste electronics from landfill to date," said Carol Hochu, executive director, OES. "Last year, our mobile tour collected over 350 tonnes of e-waste, and is on the road in the far North and rural South this year to raise awareness, generate enthusiasm and motivate people to action across Ontario."

The OES program now accepts more than 44 types of electronic items, including:

Amplifiers • Audio and video players & recorders • Cameras • Cell phones • Computers (desktop & laptop) and peripherals • Copiers • Digital cameras • Fax machines • Monitors • Pagers and PDAs • Printers • Radios • Receivers • Scanners • Speakers • Telephones and answering machines • Tuners • Turntables • Televisions • Video projectors

To keep track of the tour as it unfolds, and for locations, event details, photos, blog posts and more, please visit:

About Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is a not-for-profit industry organization that oversees the responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics through hundreds of approved and affiliated collection sites across the province. The program began operations in 2009, and was developed with Waste Diversion Ontario on behalf of the Ontario government in compliance to the Waste Diversion Act.

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