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Remember To Recycle Electronics and Batteries This Holiday Season

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Remember To Recycle Electronics and Batteries This Holiday Season

McGuinty Government Supports Programs To Reduce Landfill Waste

Ontario families who receive or purchase new electronic products over the holidays are reminded to keep their old electronics and batteries out of landfills.

There are recycling and reuse programs in place for waste electronics and diversion programs for household hazardous waste products like batteries. Visit www.dowhatyoucan.ca to find the nearest location to drop off these products for recycling or reuse.

Diversion programs keep toxics out of the environment and provide valuable materials for use in new products. Starting in April 2010, Ontarians will be able to recycle their unwanted MP3 players, cell phones, stereos, speakers and cameras.

Quick Facts

  • There are more than 500 collection sites for electronics across Ontario.
  • Ontario households and businesses generate about 85,000 tonnes of old or obsolete computers televisions, copiers, phones, and stereos each year.
  • In December 2008, Canadians spent $853 million on televisions and audio and video equipment at large retailers.

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“This holiday season, do your part to keep your used electronics and batteries out of landfills. With convenient drop off locations in the community, it's even easier to do the right thing for the environment.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

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