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April 9, 2014

Canadian Hearing Society seeking electronics for recycling at spring event

OTTAWA– The Canadian Hearing Society’s (CHS) Ottawa office is hosting an electronic recycling event to give residents an opportunity to safely dispose of electronic waste on May 10, 2014.

“We are using this event as a reminder to people to get rid of their old communication devices like computers, telephones, TVs, and stereos, which will help CHS provide new communication equipment like hearing aids, FM systems and alerting devices to those who are Deaf or hard of hearing,” said Michel David, Regional Director at CHS Ottawa.  

The poster for the Ontario Environmental Stewardship (OES)program reads, “Your old electronics are creeping out your new electronics,” which fits nicely with CHS’s theme for the day, “Out with the old, in with the new.”

As now is a good time for spring cleaning, residents are invited to clear out any unwanted, out-of-use electronics and bring them to CHS Ottawa offices’ parking lot at 2197 Riverside Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10. This is CHS’s 2nd Annual Electronic Recycling Day.

“Last year, we collected more than 5,000 kg of material and raised nearly $1,200. This year, we want to double that with your help,” added David. “Funds raised will benefit CHS programs and services for children, youth, adults and seniors who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing in the Ottawa region.”

Electronic waste such as MP3 players, cameras, telephones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, radios, and more can be dropped off at the Ottawa office on or before the event day. CHS Ottawa’s event takes place during the #HowDoYouCommunicate campaign to bring attention to the many ways we communicate as part of Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in May. 

The event is being held in cooperation with — Ontario’s electronic waste diversion program, operated by OES. OES makes it easier for Ontarians to safely recycle their electronic waste and keep it out of landfills. There are 44 electronic items accepted at hundreds of OES-approved collection sites across the province, including CHS’s Ottawa office.

Residents and business owners in Ottawa and area are also invited to support CHS by safely and effectively disposing of unwanted electronic equipment.

“Ontarians have embraced the program and continue to take action by visiting approved drop-off locations in their communities,” said Lynda Kitamura, Acting OES Executive Director. “Since beginning operations in 2009, the program has diverted more than 250,000 metric tonnes of electronics from landfill. If stacked in tractor-trailer loads parked end-to-end, it would stretch from downtown Toronto to Montreal.”

Electronics contain precious and base metals that can be recovered through recycling programs and reused for new products. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic medals are among the many items that have contained recycled metal from electronic waste. 

For more information on CHS programs, visit or call 613-521-0509.

Residents who cannot attend the May 10 event can drop off their unwanted electronics at CHS Ottawa between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday leading up to the event, or can visit for the full list of accepted electronics and to find the nearest free drop-off location.


About Ontario Electronic Stewardship
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a not-for-profit industry funded organization regulated under the Waste Diversion Act 2002, oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of end-of-life electronics. Since April 2009, OES has diverted more than 250,000 tonnes from landfill thanks to service provider partners, event hosts, and the enthusiastic participation of residents and businesses across the province. OES Service Providers meet rigorous environmental and health and safety standards, which is assurance of a secure and convenient way to recycle 44 types of electronics. For the full list of accepted items and to find the nearest free drop-off location, visit

About the Canadian Hearing Society
The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) was incorporated in 1940 to provide services, products and information to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people and to educate the hearing public. CHS is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing. The organization is funded by government, grants, membership and various fundraising activities. For more information or to find your regional office, visit


CHS Media Contact:
Marie-Lauren Gregoire
Phone:  416-928-2500 ext 272

OES Media Contact:
Sandra Pakosh
Phone: 416.380.4545, Ext. 203

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