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February 7, 2001
New disposal depots for recycling computers
  
Soon, Toronto residents will no longer have to worry about how to dispose of
obsolete computer or other electronic equipment such as printers and scanners.
Four computer-recycling depots will be established at the City's Disco, Ingram,
Scarborough and Victoria Park transfer stations by the end of March 2001.

The City is launching this program in co-operation with the non-profit agency,
Technology Learning Alliance (TLA). Since 1993, TLA has used old computers to
train students to install software and perform basic maintenance. TLA provides
refurbished computers primarily to schools, charities and community groups.

"This is an excellent example of a 'win-win' program," said Councillor Betty
Disero, Chair of Toronto's Works Committee. "The City is responding to
residents' growing need for disposal of computer and electronic equipment. At
the same time, we are improving the opportunities for recycling this equipment
and increasing our rates of diversion."

The computer recycling/reuse depot will operate on Wednesdays from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Computers
will be accepted at the depots from City residents only. Businesses will be
redirected to organizations involved in computer recycling and reuse.

It is estimated that the recycling depots will initially divert 500 tonnes of
outdated equipment a year, equivalent to a 0.05 per cent increase in Toronto's
residential diversion rate. The City's Works Committee heard today that by
2005, approximately 12,000 tonnes of computer waste will be generated by
residents and businesses in Toronto, of which 7,000 tonnes will be suitable for
reuse or recycling.


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