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Green Living Show announces E-waste collection drive & school challenge


March 13, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

March 12, 2012 – Want to get rid of your old TV or cell phone? The Green Living Show announced an e-waste collection challenge for Greater Toronto Area residents through a school challenge and several community collection drives across the GTA. As a 5th-year partner of the Green Living Show, Samsung Electronics Canada—along with its retail partner Sears Canada—is helping more people to get involved and do their part to properly recycle unwanted electronic waste by making a variety of convenient locations act as depots for consumers.

Participants in this program have an added incentive in that they will receive a free tickets (a $15 value) to the upcoming Green Living Show in Toronto (April 13-15). The winner of the Passion for E-recycling School Challenge receives a $10,000 technology grant, donated by Samsung Electronics Canada.

All e-waste from the Passion for E-recycling school challenge and the community collection drives will be collected and recycled by Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP).

The following Sears locations will host e-waste collection drives:

• March 10-11 – Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Toronto)
• March 17-18 – Markville Shopping Centre (Markham)
• March 24-25 – Pickering Town Centre (Pickering)
• March 31-April 1 – Burlington Home Store (Burlington)
• April 7-8 – Erin Mills Town Centre (Mississauga)

For the past two years, Samsung and the Green Living Show have run a successful e-waste collection drive onsite at the show, collecting over 100,000 lb of electronic waste. As in past years, visitors to the Green Living Show can bring in their e-waste for recycling collection onsite, courtesy of Samsung. For every piece of e-waste, participants will receive a free ticket into the Green Living Show.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of e-waste items that will be accepted at the collection sites

School Challenge
Through the Passion for E-recycling School Challenge, running March 6 to May 15, elementary schools within select Ontario school boards can register to host e-waste drop-off depots at their school. The school that collects the most e-waste by weight will win a $10,000-technology grant for their school, donated by Samsung Electronics Canada. All participating schools who register before April 10 will receive free tickets to attend the Green Living Show (April 13-15).

What’s more, classrooms can sign up to participate in an additional e-waste poster challenge. Students are to demonstrate their passion and excitement for recycling electronic waste, and work with following theme “Passion for E-recycling. Passion for the Earth”. Three winning classrooms will receive their choice of a Samsung Galaxy Tab or Series 9 laptop, donated by Samsung.

Visit www.passionforerecycling.ca to register for the challenge, and for full contest details, rules and regulations and to register your school for participation.