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Edmonton eco stations flooded with electronics during holidays

This time of year Edmonton’s four eco stations are familiar with the phrase “Out with the old, in with the new.” People have dropped off hundreds of computers, monitors, TVs and toys at the waste management facilities.

Hundreds of computers, TVs and toys have been disposed of, waste management supervisor says

Used electronics are filling up recycling bins at the four eco stations across the city. (Josh Skurnik CBC)

This time of year Edmonton's four eco stations are familiar with the phrase, "Out with the old, in with the new."  

People have dropped off hundreds of computers, monitors, TVs and toys at waste management facilities, says Michael Semeniuk, supervisor of Coronation eco station in the northwest part of the city.

"We're getting probably twice as much electronics as we usually get every day. Pretty much every year is basically the same."

Michael Semeniuk, supervisor of Coronation eco station, says hundreds of TVs and computers have been dropped off at his waste management facility over the holidays. (Josh Skurnik CBC)

Semeniuk has seen an increase of newer products arriving during the holiday season. He says because new consumer products come out faster they are disposed of quicker.  

"The turnover on iPhones is pretty quick," he said.

Many of those products end up at the reuse centres at the Kennedale (northeast) and Ambleside (southwest) eco stations. And they are free.

Semeniuk says better communication between the city and public is allowing people to make wiser choices when recycling.

The city's eco stations can be found at:

  • Central : 5150 99 St.
  • Northeast : 5355 127 Ave.
  • Northwest : 11440 143 St.
  • Southwest : 14710 Ellerslie Rd.

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