AURORA Electronic Waste and Clothing Recycling Event a Huge Success and a Win for the Environment (May 2014, Aurora Ontario)

AURORA Electronic Waste and Clothing Recycling Event a Huge Success and a Win for the Environment - over 16,400 lbs of ewaste and 485 lbs or clothing diverted from landfill.  
Aurora, Ontario - In collaboration with the Town of Aurora and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) Inc., VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp. completed an extremely successful electronic waste and clothing collection  event on Saturday May 3rd.  This four hour event resulted in residents dropping off over 16,400 lbs of obsolete electronic equipment as targeted under the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program, generating over $1,640 in revenue to be put towards environmental initiatives within the Town of Aurora.     

Aurora1y2    Aurora poster promoting event - May 3rd 2014.
Contact:  Amanda Cutler, Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Town of Aurora - 905-727-3123 ext:3447  


Aurora3y4Container of peripheral material collected for recycling.  Container of display (CRT) material collected for recycling.  

 As an added incentive to encourage residents to gather up their obsolete items and participate in the event, the program was expanded to include the drop-off of gently used youth and young adult-sized clothing.   Over 485 lbs of clothing was also collected.  Items were sorted by students from Dr. G.W.Williams Secondary School who gained valuable community service hours required to graduate from high school.   Acceptable items were sold to Plato's Closet (Barrie) for resale to community residents at very reasonable prices, resulting in additional funds raised towards Aurora environmental initiatives.   


    "We were very pleased to be able to partner with VisionQuest Environmental and Aurora  under this very exciting community initiative" quotes Lynne Ashberry, Franchise Owner of Plato's Closet.  " The environmental benefit of collecting and redistributing clothing locally, rather than shipping overseas is a fantastic way to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize potential environmental impacts and emissions" states Dave Douglas, President - VisionQuest Environmental.  

Aurora5y6Platos Closet (Newmarket) - interior view.            Platos Closet (Newmarket) - clothing sorting system.


Local press coverage - The AURORAN, Thursday May 15, 2014. 

"This is our second successful year of involvement with VisionQuest Environmental Strategies and GEEP Inc. and we remained thrilled with the dedication, professionalism and expertise towards all aspects of the community event planning that Dave Douglas is able to provide" says Amanda Cutler, Recycling Coordinator - Town of Aurora.   "Each year, we continue to look towards building upon previous year successes with the potential to expand upon the array of items that residents are able to conveniently divert from landfill in our strive for Zero Waste".    


Town of Aurora Waste / Recycling Coordinator Amanda Cutler (left) and two student volunteers from Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School separate clothing into over fifteen different material streams.

Aurora9Town of Aurora Waste / Recycling Coordinator Amanda Cutler and Operations staff Roger Miles gather the clothing collected at the 2014 event.  

"GEEP Inc. remains committed to providing Ontario municipalities with cost effective, convenient and highly successful electronic waste diversion strategies including one-day events, on-site programs (ie multi-family dwellings) and centralized collection locations.  With over a decade of experience in this business, we possess the talent and resources to ensure complete client satisfaction" says Wallace MacKay, Vice President - GEEP Inc.  
   Traffic flow through the Aurora Public Works Yard where the collection event was held in partnership with GEEP Inc.     
"Our corporate (VisionQuest Environmental) mandate is clear - link all the strategic partners to develop and implement highly successful diversion strategies in a cost effective manner that benefits all involved, most importantly the resident who simply wishes to dispose of obsolete items in the most environmentally friendly manner" says Douglas.  "This is not rocket science that needs to be bogged down in bureaucracy and red tape delays - our need to address environmental factors is too important for that.  

VisionQuest mascot "Charge" oversees the day's event