St. Marys e-waste collection day a big success
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Oct 30, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

St. Marys e-waste collection day a big success

St. Marys Journal Argus

Stew Slater

St. Marys Journal Argus

The collection of electronic waste for recycling is an ongoing effort in the parking lot of the Pyramid Centre, with consumers encouraged to drop off old television or computer screens, scanners, hard drives and other items beside a large, green, metal bin labeled “Greentec.”

Greentec is the Kitchener-based, Canadian-owned company that collects the bins, crushes the e-waste and sorts out the various component materials, and sends them off to specialized processers for re-use or manufacture into new products. In return for hosting a collection depot, the St. Marys Youth Centre received some of its funding from Greentec.

But, until now, consumers had to deliver their own e-waste to the site.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, thanks to the support and participation of Habitat for Humanity, the collection of old electronics in St. Marys got raised a level higher. A collection day was organized, with trucks dispatched into the community to bring materials to the Pyramid Centre site to fill the Greentec bin.

Gerry Pieroni, a St. Marys resident and Vice President of ReStore Operations for Habitat for Humanity’s London region, was on hand to assist with the collection. He explained the organization was successful in an application for grant funding from the Stratford Perth Community Foundation. In other Perth County communities, Habitat for Humanity set up collection systems and is sharing in the funding made available when Greentec takes possession of the waste. But in St. Marys, with the Youth Centre already involved with e-waste, it was decided a portion of the Foundation grant could be put towards promoting the service, and hosting the town-wide collection day.

“The main object was awareness building and helping the Youth Centre promote e-waste recycling,” Pieroni explained. All proceeds from Saturday’s collection go to the Youth Centre.

Around mid-day on Saturday, Pieroni — who oversees operations in four Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” outlets: two in London, one each in Stratford and Woodstock — surveyed the items collected so far, filling about a quarter of the Greentec bin, and estimated the effort had already yielded about $350 in Youth Centre proceeds. Moments later, another truck pulled into the site, and a new round of unloading began.

“It’s been a great success,” he smiled, adding the organization will definitely meet with the Youth Centre to consider additional collection days in the future.

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