(Editor’s note: the following letter addresses the e-waste collection by Habitat for Humanity Stratford-Perth held the week of Oct. 15-19. A press release for the event did not appear in the Gazette but was covered by other local media in advance.)
As the Perth County Coalition Against Poverty (PCCAP) has a program where we refurbish computers to give away to people in Perth/Huron counties who can't afford one, we were both surprised and disappointed that no one gave us a heads up about the e-waste collection in Stratford.
The 80 monitors and 40 computers from Fram and Samsonite would have helped us out considering our ongoing shortage of computers, accessories and storage facilities in the last year. This equipment would have been better off staying in the county rather than being shipped off to Mexico, India or another Third World country where people, especially children, will be exposed to the toxic waste from dismantling these electronics, which does leach into ground water and the people.
We can't afford to be buying papers and/or reading online; we rely on people to inform us of what is going on in Stratford. This isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened in the past.
The PCCAP is still in dire need of computers and accessories, and unfortunately we continue to scrape by. Perhaps in the future we will be given better notice when a program such as this comes up.
Doug Trollope, Perth County Coalition Against Poverty, Mitchell