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1 Old Cell Phone in a Landfill is 1 Too Many

16/04/2014

Recycle My Cell makes it easy for Canadians to do their part for Earth Day 2014

OTTAWAApril 16, 2014 /CNW/ – Recycle My CellCanada’s free cell phone recycling program, is calling on Canadians from coast to coast to recycle their old cell phones and accessories in support of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Almost 582,000 devices were recovered through the Recycle My Cell program in 2013. Results from the2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study released today show that while Canadians replace their wireless device approximately every 30 months, only 10% of survey respondents recycled their old device when they purchased a new one, with 42% putting the old device in storage.

Canadians can participate in Earth Day by visiting the bilingual Web site – www.RecycleMyCell.ca andwww.Recyclemoncell.ca – and enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their old wireless devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. If a consumer cannot get to one of the drop-off locations in their neighborhood, the Web site offers printable postage-paid labels that can be used to mail the device back to Recycle My Cell at absolutely no cost to the consumer.

The Web site also provides information about the program, facts and figures on e-waste, FAQs and links to provincial e-waste management sites. There is also a downloadable brochure and information about how consumers can clear their device of all personal data before dropping it off for recycling.

Other notable findings from the 2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study include:

  • Nearly half of survey respondents (49% nationally) report knowing about cell phone recycling programs.
  • Satisfaction of those who utilize the Recycle My Cell continues to be high, with 96% of respondents citing a positive experience.

“Canadians are world leaders in the way they embrace new technology, particularly when it comes to wireless devices,” said Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). “It is also our responsibility to be world leaders in protecting our environment for generations to come. There is simply no reason that an old cell phone should ever end up in a landfill.”

All of the processors involved in the Recycle My Cell program are ISO certified or verified to be operating in conformance with the requirements of the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), so they all have environmental management systems in place that guarantee accountability and knowledge of the environmental impacts associated with recycling.

The Recycle My Cell program also supports numerous local and national charities through the proceeds from the recycled devices.

“In recognition of Earth Day, we join in encouraging Canadians to recycle their used mobile devices which will not only help reduce the growing e-waste in Canada’s landfills, but also generate much needed funds for mental health initiatives across the country,” said Peter Coleridge, National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association.

Businesses and community organizations can also support the Recycle My Cell program by hosting a drop-off location. Registration is quick and easy and all set-up materials are provided at no cost. For more information, please visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca/host-a-drop-off-location/ or contact info@recyclemycell.ca.

Recycle My Cell was created and is maintained by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling. The program’s partners include: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP Inc., GREENTEC, LG Electronics Canada, Inc., Lynx Mobility, MTS, Nokia, ProMobility, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., SaskTel, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sony of Canada, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Canadians can contact a Recycle My Cell representative by e-mail at info@recyclemycell.ca, or call toll-free at 1-888-797-1740.

About Recycle My Cell
Recycle My Cell is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. The bilingual Web site –www.RecycleMyCell.ca and www.Recyclemoncell.ca – allows consumers to simply enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. The free program is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers, who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling.

SOURCE Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

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Niagara Waste Systems – Used Roofing Shingles Buried in Landfill – Study

13/10/2011

Word has been received from Walker Industries.  I sent an email in order to determine what happens to one waste product, namely used roofing shingles: recycled or not? The answer is no.

Used Roofing Shingles are BURIED in Niagara's Landfill

The roofers were absolutely correct.  Now the brain must try to absorb the exponential amount of just used roofing shingles that must exist, buried, like a deep dark secret.

As we continue desiring green energy, renewable, clean tech and all those other goodies that make our eyes sparkle, our consciences feel better, are we forgetting the immense and exponentially grown and continuously growing pile of  just one waster product that does not bio-degrade?

There is a much deeper story here and it is one I intend to get to the bottom of, literally.

Technology and desire exists.  In the next posts, I hope to start figuring out the barriers.

Here is the communication (in reverse order, most recent to first):

Good morning,

At the drop-off, all shingles are dumped directly into a roll off bin
and then sent to Niagara Waste Systems for landfill disposal.

Taylor

—–Original Message—–
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Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:51 AM
To: Taylor Webb
Subject: RE: Walker Ask Us a Question Form

Thank you for your response, Mr. Webb.

I believe I have to rephrase the question.

What does your facility do with the used shingles (policy, procedure,
environmental procedure?) after they have been
dumped off by residents and commercial/contractors?

I hope this is clearer.

I thank you in advance for your knowledgeable reply.

Sincerely,

Niagara Falls Resident

> Good afternoon,
>
> We accept shingles at a rate of $66.50/metric tonne for both residents
> and contractors. You will be weighed on the inbound and outbound
scale
> and your disposal fee will be based on your weight. We have a $10
> minimum charge.
>
> Our facility is open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
>
> If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at 905-680-3059.
>
> Thanks and have a great day!
>
> Taylor
>
>
>
> —–Original Message—–
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> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:02 AM
> To: contact weg
> Subject: Walker Ask Us a Question Form
>
>
> On Oct-12-2011 (10:01:46 AM), the following individual filled out the
> Ask Us a Question form:
>
> First Name: x
> Last Name: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Phone: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Fax:
> Email Address: ///////////
>
> Hello! I am a home-owner in Niagara Falls (Montrose Road). I was
> wondering if you could please tell me your policy and procedures for
> used shingle (roofing) disposal when dropped off both by residential
and
> commercial/industrial?
>
> Thank you for your assistance.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Niagara Falls Resident

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Old Cars Help People – Car Heaven Rewards Canada – and the Environment

19/09/2011

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 via Canada News Wire – Car Heaven is challenging Canadians to consider the age of their cars and the effects they have on the environment and their wallets. Summerhill Impact’s national Car Heaven program is Canada’s only end-of-life vehicle program, dedicated to rewarding and enabling car owners to get their 2003 and older, polluting vehicles permanently off the road. When Canadians send their old, higher polluting vehicles to Car Heaven and adopt a lower-impact transportation mix into their daily lives, they can make a huge impact by supporting a Canadian charity, reducing their impact on the environment, saving money, and supporting local green businesses.

Recycle Old Cars - Help a Charity

“Most people don’t realize that 2003 model year and older vehicles can produce up to 39 times more smog-forming pollutants than cars manufactured today,” said Fatima Crerar, Summerhill Impact. “That’s why we are encouraging Canadians to retire these cars early and permanently remove them from our roads by offering Car Heaven: a rewarding, free and convenient program to participate in.”

The program benefits Canadians not just by protecting the environment; it also supports charities across the country. Canadians who participate will receive a suite of rewards that includes a charitable tax receipt from their selected Car Heaven charity partner, an alternative transportation incentive (where available), the guarantee that their vehicle will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner, and a free tow (valued at up to $200).

Since its launch in 2000, Car Heaven and its program partners have retired more than 123,500 vehicles, resulting in a reduction of almost 5,000 tonnes of smog-forming emissions and generating more than $3,600,000 for its affiliated charities. Car Heaven is constantly adding rewards and incentives for Canadian participants and encourages all sustainable transportation providers – including transit authorities, bike retailers, car-share providers, and vehicle manufacturers and retailers – to join us in this initiative.

“Car Heaven is supporting green business growth in the Canadian economy and dedicated to using only auto recyclers who comply with the environmental process guidelines,” said Steve Fletcher, Managing Director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) “Environment Canada and ARC developed the Canadian Automotive Recyclers’ Environmental Code that all recyclers participating in the program must follow.”

By sending vehicles to Car Heaven, Canadians will ensure their cars will be recycled responsibly through the Canadian Automotive Recyclers’ Environmental Code, a process ensures that materials such as oil, gasoline, refrigerants, mercury switches and tires are removed from vehicles prior to scrappage. Recyclers that work with Car Heaven reuse and recycle over 80% of vehicles and ensure the remaining materials are responsibly disposed of. To learn more about the program visit www.carheaven.ca.

Added by Blog Author:

Participating charities include:

Evergreen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Asthma Society of Canada, Heart & Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society, MADD, Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Red Cross & more.

source: canada news wire

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