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SNA wants your e-waste May 4

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The Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) will be picking up e-waste that residents leave in back lanes in an area bound by Agnes Street, Balmoral Street, Cumberland Avenue, and Portage Avenue.

The pickup will take place before 10 a.m. on Sat., May 4.

Molly Johnson, SNA community connecting co-ordinator, said the association decided to conduct the collection because the city doesn’t pick up e-waste and it can get left in back lanes for extended periods, posing a hazard to residents.

"They’re not only hazardous in terms of broken glass (from TVs and computer monitors) there are often chemicals in the materials," Johnson said.

Many neighbourhood residents do not have access to a vehicle, she said, meaning even if they wanted to take their e-waste to one of the city depots, it can be difficult for them to do so.

Johnson asked that people not confuse e-waste with hazardous waste, such as old paint or flammable liquids.

She suggested people check the province’s Green Manitoba website (go to greenmanitoba.ca and look for e-waste under the recycling menu) for a listing of what is included as e-waste.

The website directs people to the Electronic Products Recycling Association website (recyclemyelectronics.ca/mb) for a listing of 10 Winnipeg e-waste drop-off sites where people can offload e-waste for free.

Information on hazardous waste drop-offs can also be found on the Green Manitoba website.

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