City of Ottawa Residents Have Opportunity for Eliminating E-Waste and Doing Good!

E-Waste may not be a term you are familiar with if living in the Ottawa area, but you should be. It is the “electronic waste” that includes such common items as:

• TVs
• VCRs and DVD players
• Monitors and desktop computer terminals
• Laptop computers
• Computer towers
• Disk drives, CD ROM drives and DVD drives/burners
• Keyboards, mice and other similar peripherals
• Desktop printers
• Fax machines
• Digital cameras and electronic cameras
• Scanners and copiers
• Cell phones
• Telephones and answering machines
• Pagers
• PDAs
• Radios of all kinds

Full of completely recyclable materials such as plastics, glasses, steel, and metals such as aluminum, copper and even some precious metals, e-waste items are NOT included in curbside garbage collection. This means that more than 3,000 tons (which translates to several hundred trucks worth of reusable and recyclable materials) could be wasted or disposed of improperly.

Fortunately, Ottawa does make a long list of drop off locations readily available for residents eager to handle their e-waste in a far more earth friendly manner. It is important to note that each of the Ottawa area e-waste drop sites are not run by the city. Instead, it is local charitable groups and businesses that operate the “e-waste depots”. As an example, Capital Junk holds “Free E-Waste Drop Off” events throughout the year, and then transports sorted items to be delivered to the appropriate recycling, refurbishment or reuse facility. In fact, one of their events yielded five full trucks of recyclable e-waste items, and any proceeds went to the Terry Fox Foundation. They also do at least one charity E-Waste Pickup Day each year in the Ottawa area.

Where to Fine E-Waste Depots in Ottawa – 2017

In the summer and autumn of 2017, you can take your Ottawa e-waste materials to the following, one-day depots (NOTE: All events operate from 10 AM to 4 PM and all of them will accept residential, industrial and commercial e-waste at the site):

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Dovercourt Community Centre
411 Dovercourt Avenue

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Presbyterian Church
Lifecentre Kanata
990 Teron Road

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Navan Arena
1295 Colonial Road

Saturday, October 07, 2017
Centre Point Park
260 Center Point Drive

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Good Shepherd Church
3092 Innes Road

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Kanata Recreation Complex
100 Charlie Rogers Drive

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dovercourt Community Centre
411 Dovercourt Avenue

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Ray Friel Recreation Complex
1585 Tenth Line

If you have old electronics sitting around, and you are thinking of just throwing them in a dumpster – don’t! Those in the Ottawa area have free drop off sites that help to protect the environment and reuse, recycle and even refurbish items. If you have questions about other opportunities, or think you prefer to have pickup done at your home or site, just get in touch with Capital Junk. They have a wide array of removal services in Ottawa (many same day services) and always with eco-friendly policies and approaches in mind. The firm also provides similar services to residents in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas. You can learn more about them by phoning, (519) 584-2466.

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