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Recycle your unwanted electronic waste in Tillsonburg, Sept. 14

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Station Arts Centre will host its third annual Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Canadian Tire parking lot on Bridge Street.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop off your unwanted electronics waste such as MP3 players, cameras, telephones, TVs and monitors, VCR and DVD players, recorders, radios and more. Bring your unwanted electronics to the event free of charge.

The Sept. 14 event, a public collection to divert electronic waste from landfills, is being held in cooperation with RecycleYourElectronics.ca – Ontario’s electronic waste diversion program, operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). There are 44 electronic items accepted at hundreds of OES-approved collection sites across the province, including sites in Tillsonburg.

New this year, the Station Arts Centre is working with the Tillsonburg Sea Scouts who are available, for a nominal donation, to pick up items for residents in Tillsonburg. Pickup can be arranged by calling 519-842-6151.

The Electronics Recycling Event benefits the Station Arts Centre and Tillsonburg Sea Scouts.

“Ontarians have embraced the RecycleYourElectronics.ca program and continue to take action by visiting approved drop-off sites or depots in their communities,” said Jonathan Spencer, OES Executive Director, in a media release. “Since beginning operations in 2009, the program has diverted almost 200,000 metric tonnes of electronics from landfills. If stacked in tractor trailer loads parked end-to-end, it would stretch from downtown Toronto to Elliot Lake.”

Electronics contain precious and base metals that can be recovered through recycling programs and reused for new products.

If you cannot attend the event at the Canadian Tire parking lot, visit the website www.recycleyourelectronics.ca to find the closest collection site or drop-off depot to recycle unwanted electronics free of charge.

chris.abbott@sunmedia.ca

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