PlanetCPU Electronics Recycling Program a Huge Success
Fergus, ON – Small actions make big changes, and the second annual MyGreenITDay, hosted by PlanetCPU, was an overwhelming success for the Centre Wellington Food Bank and our community landfills.
Held on May 13th to May 14th at Planet CPU’s Tower Street South location in Fergus, this two-day free recycling electronics event allowed the public to drop-off recyclable electronic equipment, everything from computer monitors to hard-drives, printers, televisions and all their accessories. Through a partnership with RecycleElectronics.ca (Mida RPM), MyGreenITDay was created to help educate people on the ethical recycling procedures for electronic devices. For their part, RecycleElectronics.ca provided information, the large collection bin and ensured safe recycling measures were used to properly dispose of the waste.
A grand total of 20,000 lbs of electronics were collected, a remarkable amount of hazardous waste now safely diverted from our region’s landfill sites. Compared to Planet CPU’s initial MyGreenITDay in August 2010, which successfully gathered 4000 lbs in electronic recycling, this year’s event is proof that people are getting the Green message and making conscious recycling choices. It also means there is an increased need for events like this, something Planet CPU is actively helping to support by developing a how-to package to aide other technology partners host their own MyGreenITDay events in their communities.
"There are multiple reasons for running an event such as MyGreenITDay in your community,” says Terry Godreau, co-owner of Planet CPU, winner of Centre Wellington’s 2010 Small Business of the Year. “Helping the environment by diverting hazardous waste from our landfills is our highest priority, but the event also brings people together to help support other community groups, allowing us to use the event to give back to those in our community who are in need.”
MyGreenITDay included a food-drive where Planet CPU collected a large amount of nonperishable foods and cash donations in support of the Centre Wellington Food Bank. This will be matched with a cash donation of $1,607.46, from the funds raised through the scrap materials of the tonnage of waste collected.
This event was organized by Planet CPU co-owner Terry Godreau, and Centre Wellington District High School Co-op student Alan Dejean, as part of Dejean’s placement project. It was made possible with the generous support of Wellington Advertiser, Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce and members of the community.
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