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April 22, 2009
‘ElectroVan’ and ‘HazMobile’ launch new pilot program
  
The City of Toronto is conducting a pilot project to help people living in multi-unit residences gain easier access to recycling household hazardous waste and electronic equipment. Eighteen building sites, predominantly in the city’s higher density neighbourhoods that are not situated close to the city’s Solid Waste drop-off depots, are participating in the pilot.

Two new collection vehicles are being used in the pilot. The “ElectroVan” collects computers, monitors and printers, fax machines, televisions, DVD/VCR players and cell phones. The “HazMobile” collects household hazardous waste items such as paint, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, chemicals, old medications, thermometers, propane tanks and cylinders. Both vehicles will be parked for a two-hour period at each pilot building site, and will visit each site three times over an eight-month period. Residents will be informed of the collection in advance through promotion throughout their building.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to increase our participation in reducing, re-using and recycling. Keeping these toxic items out of landfill is an important step in protecting the environment. It also helps achieve Toronto’s goal of 70 per cent diversion from landfill,” said Mayor David Miller.

“This pilot project is a significant joint effort involving City staff, residents, building management and our partners,” continued Mayor Miller. “It is expected that approximately 135,000 kilograms of waste electronics and 86,000 kilograms of household hazardous waste will be collected during this eight-month pilot project.”

"The province has launched both electronic waste and household hazardous waste programs in the past year, and I want to congratulate Toronto for taking advantage of them. I also want to recognize the innovative nature of Toronto's program in reaching out to multi-unit dwellings with the ‘HazMobile’ and ‘ElectroVan’. We anticipate that this pilot will set a new standard for collection of electronic waste and household hazardous materials,” said Minister John Gerretsen, Ministry of the Environment.

Under the Waste Diversion Act, Stewardship Ontario and Ontario Electronic Stewardship oversee recycling programs for household hazardous waste and electronics respectively.

“This Toronto initiative to provide a convenient household hazardous waste pick-up service means Torontonians will find it even easier to do the right thing when it comes to disposing of these materials. We applaud the City for its innovation,” said Lyle Clarke, Stewardship Ontario's vice president of policy and programs.

Carol Hochu, executive director of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, added, “We are very excited that Toronto's pilot program will open up opportunities for residents to take better advantage of waste electrical and electronic recycling programs.”

In addition to the above partners, the Air Miles Reward Program has partnered with the City to reward residents for diverting household hazardous waste and electronics from landfill.

The pilot project will help the City determine the type of pick-up service that should be offered to people living in multi-residential buildings. Information about the City of Toronto’s recycling initiatives can be found on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/recycle.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in
North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Backgrounder:
http://www.toronto.ca/pdf/media_release/electrovan.pdf

Media contacts:
Geoff Rathbone, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services Division, 416-392-4715, grathbo@toronto.ca
Anita Zutis, Communications and Marketing Consultant, 416-392-8350, zutis@toronto.ca


 

 

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