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Recycle electronic waste for a cause on Sept. 21
Elly Forbes, front store manager and Rebecca van der Zalm, pharmacist, get ready for the electronics waste recycling fundraiser this weekend at Simpsons Pharmacy. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Recycle electronic waste for Red Roof Retreat on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Electronics Recycling Event and Barbeque at Simpson’s Pharmacy on Niagara Stone Road will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to raise money for the organization’s operating and program costs.

Part-time special events co-ordinator for Red Roof, Karen Post, said the money raised will help to keep costs down for the families.

Electronics will be processed by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, which is a not-for-profit organization that operates the regulated recycling program in Ontario. The organization recycles the electronics, paying out per ton for items gathered, and the money goes back to Red Roof.

Operations manager of Simpsons Pharmacy, Catherine Porter, said she’s always happy to support Red Roof Retreat.

“Last year I believe we raised about $2,000 for Red Roof, which was very, very handy. So, we would love for the community to support it as they have done in the past,” Porter said.

“I would just like to encourage people to come on out and support the most wonderful local charity by throwing things away,” she added.

There will be a barbeque throughout the event, with the proceeds also going to the charitable organization.

Post said personal information should be wiped from devices before recycling. Other than digital information, she said there’s no need to dust off the items. She said she would like to encourage as many people to recycle as she could.

“The more electronics that come in, the more we raise,” Post said.

A list of accepted electronic waste can be found on the Ontario Electronic Stewardship website, and include but are not limited to computers, printers, non-cellular phones, cellular devices, home audio devices.