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eWaste at the curb – Unwanted electronics on your garbage day

eWast Electronics

Now that the holidays are over, you may be enjoying some of the newest, “coolest” gadgets, and be thinking about replacing some old ones that have been your buddies for many years. But now it’s time for them to go.

The City of Toronto, in collaboration with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, is making it easier for you to get rid of unwanted electronics and ensure that these items are recycled and kept out of landfill sites. They will now collect

your unwanted electronics from the curb on your scheduled garbage collection day. Items include desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, mouses, monitors, desktop printers, disk drives, fax machines and televisions. These items can be placed in E-waste bags provided by the city, or larger items can be placed on

the ground and smaller items can be put in a cardboard box. In bad weather, hold off until the next garbage collection day.

TIPS:

Protect your privacy, by making sure you clear your hard drive before disposing of computers.

CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes should not go in the blue box – they are part of the electronic waste collections.

Useful websites: For computers and related components that are in working condition, or for ideas for reuse and a list of charities and organizations that accept donations: toronto.ca/reuseit

You can also bring them to participating stores for recycling – for a list of locations and program updates: dowhatyoucan.ca

For a list of the City’s six drop-off depots, hours of operation and what they accept (look under the column that says Computers Drop-off Hours): toronto.ca/garbage/depots

For more information, please call 311.