#ygkChallenge: Batteries, Cell Phones and E-Waste Disposal

snow shovel, snow stormWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Properly dispose of old batteries, cell phones and unwanted e-waste. Yesterday the City of Kingston announced new locations where residents could properly dispose of used single-use and rechargeable batteries, as well as small used electronic devices such as cell phones. This initiative is geared towards the diversion of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, which do not belong in our landfills. Take a look at this shocking infographic regarding e-waste, which explains everything from where it all ends up to the negative health effects.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Well Home for today’s photo.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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