The Regional Municipality of Durham


Public Service Announcement

Drop off electronic and hazardous waste for free in Uxbridge

WHITBY, ON June 5, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department invites residents to drop off household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste (e-waste) at a special upcoming collection event.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

WHERE:

Uxbridge Seniors Centre, 75 Marietta St., Uxbridge

WHY:

E-waste: To provide Durham residents with a convenient free drop-off event to properly recycle their electronics, and keep toxic materials out of landfill. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: cellular phones, audio and video players, VCRs and DVD players, stereos and receivers, computer peripherals, printing devices, televisions, personal digital assistants and pagers, cameras and radios, telephones, desktop computers, monitors, camcorders and portable computers. Residents are reminded to erase personal data from hard drives and SIM cards before bringing their computers, cellphones and other electronics for recycling.

Household hazardous waste: By safely disposing of HHW, residents help prevent toxic materials from entering local ecosystems. Examples of HHW include: antifreeze; single-use and rechargeable batteries; brake fluid; motor oil and filters; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; pesticides; herbicides; insecticides; old prescription and over-the-counter medications; sharps (in a secure, rigid container); propane tanks; pool chemicals; paints and solvents. Residents are asked to use non-returnable containers only. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted. The first 200 residents can also pick up a can of free recycled paint, and those who drop off mercury-containing devices (such as thermometers, thermostats, barometers, hydrometers and blood-pressure monitors) will receive one free digital thermometer.

NOTE:

Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to support the local food bank. For more information on   this and other waste management events, visit www.durham.ca/wasteevents.

 

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.