Clothing, e-waste recycling drive in Mississauga diverts 4,300 kg of waste

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A campaign collecting electronic waste and clothing took place across Mississauga last October. (Photo: Partners in Project Green)

BY KELLY ROCHE

An estimated 4,300 kg of electronic waste and clothing are avoiding the landfill, thanks to a recycling drive by the City of Mississauga.

“This was a great opportunity to rally with our local partners, employees and residents to participate in a worthwhile initiative,” said director of environment Brenda Osborne.
“Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the City accounts for over 60 per cent of the total waste gathered in the recycling collection drive.”
That’s equivalent to the weight of 39 black bears; 2,150 laptops; 316 32-inch LED televisions; 187 full garbage bags of family waste; 593 turkeys; 36 adult reindeer or 139 live Christmas trees.

Unwanted electronics and used clothing were dropped off at 14 facilities across Mississauga from Oct. 17 to 21 for Partners in Project Green’s inaugural campaign.

PPG’s waste coordinator Catherine Leighton says the city’s demonstrated “impressive leadership” with their participation.
All clothing items will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline Program, with electronics heading to Revolution Recycling.
Overall, 16 organizations – with 30 drop-off locations in the Greater Toronto Area – participated, diverting 6,900 kg from landfill.
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