Best Buy Canada hopes to recycle more than 60,000 tonnes of e-waste through its Tech it Away program.
Launching this coming Wednesday, October 19 at four schools in Toronto, ON, the program, which will coincide with Waste Reduction Week, will also be taking place in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., residents are encouraged to drop off used or unwanted personal electronics for free at one of the participating schools for safe recycling. A variety of electronics will be accepted including TVs, computers, laptops, printers, cell phones, batteries, and DVD players. A full list available at www.bestbuy.ca/techitaway.
Participating schools will each receive $8,000 in grants for their environmental efforts. The school in each market that collects the most electronics for recycling will receive $2,000 to fund a student-led environmental initiative.
A new element added to this year’s campaign is the E-Waste Art Challenge. Using select E-waste materials collected, students are challenged to get creative and work together to construct a sculpture. The winning sculpture will go on display at the Best Buy head office in Burnaby, BC. Other sculptures will be showcased at Best Buy stores across Canada.
Participating schools in Toronto, ON include: Lester B Pearson, 150 Tapscott Rd.; Sir Robert L. Borden BTI, 200 Poplar Rd.; Downsview Secondary School, 7 Hawksdale Rd.; and Greenwood Secondary School, 24 Mountjoy Ave.
Last year, the Tech it Away program helped divert more than 53,000 tonnes of e-waste from Canadian landfills. Since its inception in 2009, students involved in the Tech it Away program have helped keep more than 80,000 tonnes of e-waste out of landfills.
Author: Christine Persaud