Brampton, ON (May 27, 2019): The Region of Peel announces the continuation of its Mercury Roundup program in partnership with Scout Environmental and Ontario Trillium Foundation. Since the launch of this program in 2016, the Region of Peel has collected over 700 mercury-containing products and recovered over 30kgs of liquid mercury, equivalent to the mercury found in 3 million fluorescent tube lights!
“There are many older mercury-containing items in people’s basements, garages, and storage units—items like thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure monitors, and button batteries,” says Dwayne Cromwell, Supervisor, Community Recycling Centre, at the Region of Peel. “We want to make sure these items don’t get thrown in the garbage or in recycling, where they pose a risk to the environment.”
The Mercury Roundup Program aims to educate Peel residents about the different types of items containing mercury and how to safely dispose of them. Residents are encouraged to bring these items to any Peel’s Community Recycling Centre and receive a digital thermometer, free of charge.
- Do not dispose of mercury containing products in your garbage, recycling or organics. It is not collected at the curb.
- Free disposal available at any Peel Community Recycling Centre
Residents can check https://www.mercuryroundup.ca/Peel to see a full list of items that may contain mercury.
About Scout Environmental:
Scout Environmental is an award-winning organization that engages the public, guides industry, and equips communities to make better choices—for their health, and the environment. For nearly two decades, Scout has designed and delivered national campaigns, guided leading corporations, and helped public and private partners see beyond sustainability.
About Ontario Trillium Fund:
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Fund is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, it awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information about the Ontario Trillium Fund, please visit www.otf.ca.