Electronic Waste No Longer Collected From the Curb Or Apartment Buildings
Free drop-off at Community Recycling Centres
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 29, 2010) – Starting April 5, 2010, the Region of Peel will no longer collect select waste electronic equipment from the curb or apartment buildings.
Dedicated loads of electronic waste can be dropped off at any of the Region’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), free of charge. Participating retailers are also accepting electronic waste – residents may visit www.dowhatyoucan.ca, select “electronics” and search for their nearest drop-off site by municipality, postal code or material type.
The change in service is a result of the Government of Ontario’s electronics stewardship program that makes manufacturers responsible for the full life cycle of the products they produce. A third party organization has been designated by the provincial government to collect electronic waste from participating municipalities and retailers and recycle it.
“Now that the Region accepts used electronic equipment free of charge at its Community Recycling Centres to be recycled, there is no need to collect it as garbage,” says Councillor Maja Prentice, Chair of the Waste Management Committee. “Many electronic equipment components can be recycled and the Region is committed to diverting recyclable material away from landfill.”
Although modern landfills and Energy-from-Waste facilities are designed to meet strict environmental standards, diverting electronic waste reduces the risk of heavy metals being released into the atmosphere, groundwater or surface water.
The following electronic items are now accepted for free in dedicated loads at CRCs:
- Desktop computers
- Laptop computers
- Computer peripherals
- Printing devices
- Telephones and accessories
- Cellular phones
- PDAs and pagers
- Audio and video players
- Equalizers, (pre)amplifiers
- Video players/projectors
- Video recorders
- Personal handheld computers
Residents may also drop off the following items for free at CRCs:
- Household hazardous waste
- Reusable goods
- Dedicated loads of blue box materials, tires (passenger or light truck) and/or large metal appliances and fixtures
- Dedicated loads of yard waste (at the Bolton and Caledon CRCs only)
Vehicles and/or trailers containing only items accepted free of charge are considered to have dedicated loads. Vehicles and/or trailers with both items accepted free of charge and items subject to drop-off fees are considered to have mixed loads. The entire weight of a mixed load is subject to drop-off fees.
There is a $2 flat rate for loads up to and including 25 kg (55 lbs.). Loads greater than 25 kg
(55 lbs.) are charged 8¢ per kilogram. A complete list of items accepted at CRCs is available at www.peelregion.ca/waste and in the 2010/2011 Waste Management Guide.
The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on these programs call the Region of Peel at 905-791-9499 or in long-distance areas of Caledon call 905-584-2216, free of charge. Visit www.peelregion.ca/waste.