Waste Reduction Week Toronto

Waste Reduction Week in Toronto

Though I'm in waist-reduction mode after my green Thanksgiving feast, I should be focusing on the other kind of waste in consideration of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Several Toronto businesses are set up to help residents dispose of old electronic and computer equipment with the environment in mind.

The Ontario College of Art and Design is hosting a Green Exchange on October 22 and 23. Cell phones, computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, A/V equipment, batteries, printer cartridges and old televisions can be dropped off at the OCAD main lobby. Students, charities, nonprofits and others in need will benefit from any electronics in working condition, and non-salvageable goods will be stripped down and recycled responsibly.

(2444 Bloor Street West) is accepting unwanted computer equipment for recycling until October 22. Donations will be refurbished and donated where possible, with irreparable goods recycled and processed locally.

Zellers has partnered with Call2Recycle to accept used rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Through Call2Recycle, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is dedicated to keeping rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of the solid waste stream and preserving natural resources. Drop off boxes can also be found at Sears, Canadian Tire and Circuit City and other collection sites.

Canadian Tire is handing out gift cards in exchange for unwanted dehumidifiers and room air conditioners ($25 value) or halogen floor lamps ($10) this weekend.

Through the Great Refrigerator Roundup (a year-round program), the Ontario Power Authority will pick up old energy-guzzling appliances for planet-friendly recycling.

CFLs can seriously reduce home energy consumption, but they contain a small amount of mercury that can be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. Toronto Hydro will safely divert over 98% of each CFL left at their two recycling drop boxes (at 14 Carlton Street and 5800 Yonge Street).

Filmmaker Andrew Nisker's acclaimed documentary Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home will be screened at Silvercity Yonge and Eglinton on October 22 at 10pm, sponsored by the Recycling Council of Ontario and Tim Hortons.

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