Way to go, Community Recycling Depot staff (photo)Monday, September 17, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
COMMUNITY LIVING ALGOMA
In keeping with the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s theme of Celebrate 100!, Community Living Algoma is proud to announce that our Community Recycling Depot, located at 285 Wilson St., is celebrating its 100th transport load of recycled electronics!
Celebrate 100! Management Chair Susan Myers states: “The contribution Community Living Algoma makes through the Recycling Depot is invaluable and reflects the value of respect for all our citizens and our environment, that are part of our City’s proud history and vision for our healthy future as a caring and smart community. We congratulate them on this milestone of 100 loads in this 100th year of our City’s incorporation.”
First opening its doors in 2008 as a way of providing meaningful employment experiences to people with intellectual disabilities, the Recycling Depot has greatly benefited our community through the diversion of electronic equipment from our local landfill.
The Recycling Depot accepts most electronic equipment, including computers, monitors, printers, televisions, VCR’s, radios, and fax machines.
Our 100th transport load represents over 9422 cubic yards of material that would have been deposited into our landfill.
The workers that are supported at the Recycling Depot take tremendous pride and responsibility for the operation of the Depot.
From handling of materials received from community drop offs, to unloading and packaging of huge storage bins received from landfills, the workers take ownership in their work.
Safety is a high priority and recently the Depot received a Health and Safety Award and had operated for four straight years without an accident or injury.
The Recycling Depot is very appreciative of our community partners who have supported our recycling of electronics.
In 2011, an agreement was reached between Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie which resulted in electronic waste being diverted from disposal at landfills and being rerouted to our depot by Green Circle.
So not only does the Recycling Depot accept recycling material by drop-ins from the community, but as well bins are received from our landfill sites from as far north as Manitouadge, to as far east as Spanish.
All electronic materials are sorted, wrapped and shipped to various locations in Southern Ontario.
The Recycling Depot is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 4:30, and is located at 285 Wilson St. (705) 256-8581.
The Recycling Depot also accepts Styrofoam.