Simcoe County residents will have the option to recycle their old or unused electronic items through a convenient curbside collection program run by Simcoe County.
Residents should have received clear teal plastic bags for electronic waste in the mail throughout May.
Collection will occur by zones over a two-week period.
Zone 1 collection will take place the week of June 21. Zone 2 collection will take place the week of June 28.
Pick-up will take place on your regular waste collection day.
You can find out your collection week and zone by download-ing the new Simcoe County Collects app or by visiting the website at simcoe.ca/swm.
The app is free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.
The teal electronic collection bags or larger loose electronics should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
Electronics will be collected by a different truck than the regular garbage or recycling truck.
Acceptable electronic items include, computers, monitors, print-ers, televisions, cell phones, video gaming consoles, small applianc-es like toasters, vacuums, kettles, electric mixers, and coffee makers.
You can also recycle personal care items like hair dryers, electric shavers and toothbrushes.Electric cords and small corded power tools are also acceptable.
Before placing items on the curb, be sure to delete all personal data.
The County is not responsible for personal information contain on computer hard drives, motherboards, or other electronic devices that may potentially store information.
Electronic items that are collected will be processed at an approved electronics recycling facility where they are sorted and recyclable materials reused.
Electronics are among the largest and fastest growing contribu-tors to global waste.
Globally, 53.6 million metric tonnes of elec-tronic waste are generated each year.In 2019, the County collected 99 metric tonnes of electronic waste.
Many electronic items contain toxic elements like mercury and lead which can be harmful to the environment.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times