Electronics collection coming to Simcoe County
Simcoe County residents have a new option to recycle their old or unused electronics through a convenient curbside collection program that runs the weeks of Sept. 17 and 24 across the region.
The county’s audit data indicates that approximately 650,000 kgs of electronics end up in curbside garbage collected each year.
Many electronics are harmful to the environment when not recycled properly and the goal of this new program is to offer residents an easy solution to properly recycle common electronic items.
“The County is constantly striving to enhance our services and programs and increase our diversion rate,” said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “We’re pleased to introduce another innovative collection program that will assist Simcoe County residents in clearing out old electronics and help our environment with a simple and convenient recycling solution.”
All Simcoe County households will receive one electronics collection, with half the county receiving pick-up Sept. 17-21 (Zone 1, including Creemore) and the other half receiving pick-up Sept. 24-28 (Zone 2).
An electronics collection bag will arrive through Canada Post as part of the County’s Big News envelope.
The mailer will also include a bag for the annual battery collection occurring Nov. 5-9 and information about upcoming changes to our green bin program, including the addition of pet waste as accepted materials.
Similar to other special collection programs, electronics pick-up does not necessarily coincide with your regular collection day.
Place bags (sealed clear plastic bags will also be accepted) and larger loose items at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of your designated week.
Acceptable items include: Computers; monitors; printers; televisions; cellular phones; video gaming consoles; small appliances (toasters, vacuums, kettles, electric mixers and coffee makers); personal care items (hair dryers, electric shavers and toothbrushes); cords and small corded power tools.
Please delete all personal data from items placed at the curb. The county is not responsible for personal information contained on computer hard drives, motherboards or other electronic devices that may potentially store information.
Electronic items collected will be processed at a local approved electronics recycling facility where they are sorted and recyclable materials are sent out for reuse.
Visit www.simcoe.ca/electronicscollection or check out your Waste Calendar to determine your zone.