Recently, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the 2013 Recyclathon, sponsored by Take Pride Winnipeg, which was held at the Garden City Shopping Centre.
The event can only be described as a huge success. Over 1,000 people came to drop off materials, bringing an unbelievable amount of computers and components, televisions, non-cellular telephones, microwaves, stereo equipment, portable audio equipment, and much more.
In addition, experts from Manitoba recycling firms were on hand to accept items such as used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, light bulbs, household paint products of all types, aerosol paint containers as well as residential fluorescent lights tubes and compact fluorescent lights, all of which would have ended up in our landfills.
All of the material was unloaded from vehicles by a large number of volunteers who donated their time to help reduce waste and make our city a cleaner place to live. It is simply not possible to name all of the volunteers here, but to everyone who volunteered, you should be proud of your efforts.
While it is not possible to name all the agencies who took part in this event, I would like to mention a few who did, such as Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, Electronic Products Recycling Association, Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp, and Product Care Association.
It was a great pleasure to participate and I hope you all enjoyed the event and that additional events of this nature can be arranged throughout the summer. All of the items dropped off will be totally recycled and not disposed of in our landfills.
This event provided a responsible manner to dispose of items that may contain materials hazardous to our environment.
For those who were unable to attend this recycle event there are numerous location throughout the city where items like waste oils, televisions and computers can be recycled with no charge.
You can find these resources in the Yellow Pages or online and you are encouraged to use these resources to help make our planet a better place to live.