Tree planting and toxic waste removal for Earth Day

Tree planting and toxic waste removal for Earth Day

On the eve of Earth Day, about 48 tons of electronic waste potentially very toxic was recovered from the incinerator or dumps in the Quebec region; a move that was accompanied by planting a tree.

It was on Sunday April 21 that the 7th edition of the Green Collect organized by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? took place. Settled in 7 Réno-Dépôt and Ameublements Tanguay Les Saules, this event was the occasion for Quebec City residents to clean their homes and garages by bringing their electronic equipment, barbecues, microwaves… to one of the many deposit centres.

These items were collected and recovered by the experts from 1-800-GOT-JUNK? On the day before Earth Day.

Being eco-friendly due to the Green Collect, which is an excellent way to get rid of your old phones, computers, and other toxic objects, and making a real difference in the world.

The event organization aimed to make people aware of recycling and diminish waste. The organizers of the Green Collect, decided this year to go even further by reducing their environmental print caused by the transportation of recovered items. This way, the first 50 visitors from each point received a small tree to plant; a worthy initiative contributing to reforestation.

If we consider that electronic waste represents 20 to 50 million tons per year worldwide, the Green Collect must be considered as an important contribution. The results of the last edition added to the six previous years increases the total gadgets collected to 206 tons.

The Quebec Government launched in July last year the Quebec program of recovery and responsible valorization of electronic products.

Under the ARPE (Association pour le recyclage des produits électroniques), it is aiming to reduce the amount of this type of waste. Many eco-centres are now equipped to collect electronic items.

Due to this Green Collect supported by the ARPE which is in charge of the recycling process, tons of electronics will be 100% recycled.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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