The Regional Municipality of Durham


Public Service Announcement

Drop off electronic or hazardous waste for free in Uxbridge

WHITBY, ON June 07, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department, invites residents to drop off Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), free of charge, at a special upcoming collection event.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine

WHERE:

Uxbridge Seniors Centre, 75 Marietta St., Uxbridge

WHY:

WEEE: To provide Durham residents with a convenient, free collection service to properly recycle their electronics, while keeping toxic materials out of the waste stream. Examples of e-waste include: 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 should erase personal information from hard drives and SIM cards before bringing their electronics for recycling. Items collected will be sent to an approved processor and valuable commodities such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic will be recovered and put back into the manufacturing supply chain.

MHSW collection: By safely disposing of MHSW, residents help prevent toxic materials from entering local ecosystems. Examples of MHSW include: antifreeze; batteries; brake fluid; motor oil and filters; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; pesticides; herbicides; fertilizers; insecticides; medications; sharps (in a secure, rigid container); pressurized tanks (propane, oxygen, helium or other gases); pool chemicals; paints; stains and solvents. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted.

NOTE:

Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, to be donated to a local food bank (please check expiration dates). The first 100 residents who drop off MHSW will receive one free gallon of recycled paint (one per vehicle; first-come, first-served).

For more information, including tips for preparing to attend a collection event, visit www.durham.ca/wasteevents. To learn more about waste management in Durham, download the Durham Region Waste app.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.