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Aug 14, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

E-waste collection to support several youth programs in Windsor


If you’re looking for a place to get rid of old, unwanted electronics, two local organizations have a solution.

The Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Centre in collaboration with Computers for Kids is holding its first E-Waste Collection at 443 Ouellette Ave. Aug. 13-17.

Sean Frame of Windsor Pride said the campaign is seen as a great way of raising money for charity because everyone has old electronics going unused.

“There’s a lot (of old electronics) out there and it’s not too taxing for (people) to bring it here to us,” said Frame.

Approximately 50 pieces unwanted consumer electronics have already been collected in the first day.

Electronics will be taken to Computers for Kids where they will be weighed and recycled. A portion of the proceeds, approximately five cents, will then be donated to the Centre’s Youth Suicide Prevention Programming in conjunction with the School’s OUT! program and its high school anti-bullying program in the fall.

The remaining money collected will go to Computers for Kids, which refurbishes old computers and gives them to children in need for educational purposes. The organization will donate recycled computers from the campaign, if they can be reused, to schools and children in need.

Operations manager Seamus Callaghan said this isn’t the organization’s first E-Waste campaign, having held them since 2004. However, Callaghan said Computers for Kids teamed up with Windsor Pride this year because campaigns like this are about supporting the community.

“In a community, when it comes to charities, we all like to work together,” said Callaghan. “It doesn’t always have to be run by one charity and it’s always great to help each other out with other causes.”

The collection campaign is being sponsored by Enactus Windsor, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, Unifor Local 444, School’s OUT and Unifor Local 200.

Chris Vilag of Unifor 200 said the campaign allows them to give back to more people.

“We saw it as helping two separate charities at the same time,” said Vilag. “(We’re) more than willing to help people that need help.”

Windsorites interested in recycling old electronics can bring them to the downtown location from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are also drop off locations at the Computers for Kids office at 4150 Sandwich St. and at Find Your Green located at 2547 County Rd. 20 E. in Harrow. Both organizations are discussing other possible locations around Windsor and Essex County.

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