(Editor: note: This letter is in response to a recent decision by the city’s public works committee recommending to city council that Habitat for Humanity Stratford-Perth be allowed to run a curbside e-waste pickup throughout the week of Oct. 21-25.)
I would strongly urge Stratford city council to reject the request by Habitat for Humanity Stratford-Perth for a curbside e-waste collection now and in the future.
As you are aware, the Perth County Coalition Against Poverty (PCCAP) has a program (for seven years now) where we refurbish computers to give away to people in Perth/Huron counties who can’t afford one. We also offer free repairs to those on OW, ODSP and other low income people.
This equipment would be better off staying in the county rather than being shipped off to Mexico, India or another Third World countries, which is where it would end up, where unsuspecting people, especially young children, will be exposed to the toxic waste from dismantling these electronics, which will leach into ground water and absorbed into these people.
The PCCAP is still in dire need of computers and accessories, and unfortunately we continue to just scrape by. We have a need right now for approximately 30 complete units for single mothers with children, for school work, to relieve boredom and to remain connected to family and friends.
Perth County Coalition Against Poverty