E-waste, battery and textile drive coming to Amherstview Fire Station

Loyalist Township Mayor Jim Hegadorn at an e-waste drop off site. Photo via Loyalist Township.

In an effort to encourage responsible recycling and to celebrate Earth Day, Loyalist Township is hosting an E-Waste, Battery and Textile Drive at the Amherstview Fire Station.

According to a release from Loyalist Township, in previous years, the drive was limited to e-waste and batteries, but this year the Township has partnered with Diabetes Canada to reduce textile waste from going to landfill.

“The average person throws away 37 kg of textiles per year – the majority of which could be reused or repurposed, but instead, ends up in landfills. Textiles can include clothing, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, and footwear,” the Township stated.

“Textile donations will be collected by Diabetes Canada at the end of the collection event, with textile net proceeds supporting diabetes research, D-camps and more.”

Residents who wish to recycle responsibly can swing by the Amherstview Fire Station, located at 363 Amherst Drive, on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with their e-waste, old batteries, and clean textiles that have been collecting dust around the house, the Township shared. A full list of acceptable materials can be found on the Earth Day webpage (linked below).

According to the release, electronic waste, including old cellular devices and computer peripherals, is among the fastest-growing waste streams worldwide, containing hazardous materials that can harm the environment and human health if not disposed of correctly. The Township said that proceeds from e-waste recycling directly benefit the Loyalist community through fire training and education programs.

“We are pleased to partner with Loyalist Township to help reduce waste and increase recycling options for the residents”, said Simon Langer, National Manager of Government and Strategic Partnerships for the National Diabetes Trust.

“This is a great way for people to give back to their community, and we are so proud to be expanding our support of those living with diabetes through our collective efforts.”

For those unable to attend on April 20, the Earth Day webpage provides links to other disposal service resources that Township residents have access to, as well as other environmental, sustainability, and climate action initiatives.

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