Fire department wants your old electronics as part of fundraising e-recycle program

Burlington, Ont. – May 18, 2012—The Burlington Fire Department has teamed up with Greentec Recycling Solutions to help local residents safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted electronics while at the same time raising funds to support Burlington’s auto extrication team.

“Our hope is that residents and businesses think of us when they are doing their spring cleaning this year,” said Deputy Fire Chief Tony Bavota. “The recycling of electronics keeps potentially harmful materials out of landfill, and the proceeds generated by recovering reusable raw materials such as metal, glass and plastic will be used to support auto extrication activities, including scenario training and competition. This really is a win-win program.”

Residents cleaning out their garages or basements and businesses getting rid of old equipment are encouraged to drop off any unwanted electronic waste by ringing the bell at the front door of Fire Headquarters Station No. 1, located at 1255 Fairview St.  Donations will be accepted by on-duty staff seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Acceptable electronic waste items include but are not limited to:
• Computers – laptops/tablets and most computer monitors and accessories
•  Most printing devices, cartridges and fax machines
• CD/VCR/DVD/Blu-Ray players
• iPods and MP3/Digital Audio Players
• Digital and Video cameras
•  Phones and answering machines
•  Home and car radios and speaker systems
• Televisions up to 29”

Items received at Greentec’s collection facility containing personal and corporate information will be cleared and all data is destroyed.

If you’re unsure whether a product is acceptable for recycling, please contact Acting Captain Derek Baranowski at 905-637-8207, ext. 8207 or
A complete list of recyclable materials will also be available at

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Communications contact:
Kim Sopko
Communication Advisor
905-335-7600, ext. 7879

Media contact:
Derek Baranowski
Acting Captain
 905-637-8207, ext. 8207

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