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Toronto's First Inorganic Market Allows Public to Recycle Their Electronic Waste

Toronto's first Inorganic Market will take place Sunday, February 24th at Nicholson's No Frills, 2187 Bloor Street (@ Runnymede) in Bloor West Village from 10 am to 3 pm. The program will decrease the amount of electronic waste going into the landfill and give community members the opportunity to offset increasing user fees on recreational facilities.

The public will drop off used or broken electronic items for free recycling. Laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, ipods, mp3 players, power bars, any type of wires and cables, speakers, keyboards, mice, video game consoles, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS's), cell phones and routers will be accepted. Working components will be reused whereas non-working items will be 100% recycled according to the iRecycle Code of Standards.

Last year, non-profit Social Entrepreneur Launch Factor (SELF) and technical partner iRecycle Computers held the first event of this kind where members of the community dropped off electronic waste for recycling, preventing 5000 pounds of waste from going into the landfill. This year's Inorganic Market event is part of a wider community-based project which will provide more opportunities for consumer electronic waste recycling in Toronto. "The Inorganic Market is an opportunity for individuals to make a change at the community level and be positively engaged with the problem of e-waste," said SELF Director Sean Coutts. "People are the solution in the Inorganic Market."

A portion of the revenue from the Inorganic Market will be put back into the community, helping offset any user fee increases that may be introduced by the City of Toronto affecting ice rinks, swimming pools and other recreation facilities. Community members will vote to determine which facilities will receive the funds.

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