Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Jordan
Join CAA for RecycleDrive 2014!
For the fourth year in a row, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) will take your dead car, household and marine batteries as well as used motor oil and old tires for free! These materials will recycled properly and safely.
It’s all part of our expanded 2014 RecycleDrive, an initiative running until October 30th at 35 participating CAA AARS garages across South Central Ontario.
“Due to the popularity of the campaign over the last three years, we have decided to expand the initiative and include more drop-off locations,” said Nicole Savage, Community Relations Specialist, CAA SCO. “We encourage all motorists to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of their old batteries, scrap tires and used motor oil in an environmentally friendly way.”
Drained batteries, used motor oil and worn out tires don’t belong in your blue bin or at the curb with your trash. Batteries and motor oil contain harmful chemicals which can contaminate soil and groundwater if they end up in landfills. Most tires are made of non-biodegradable materials which can be a burden on our environment if not properly recycled.
“Every year, Ontarians are choosing greener ways of living, and recycling these materials is a crucial to preserving our environment,” said Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship. “Through local initiatives like RecycleDrive, we hope to engage more people in some friendly community competition and help transform a shared part of their neighbourhoods into more sustainable spaces.”
To encourage community members to participate in the annual RecycleDrive program, CAA SCO and OTS also awards a community investment prize. The AARS location that collects the most tires during RecycleDrive gets to choose a school in its community to receive a “re-greening package” worth $20,000. This package includes $10,000 worth of landscaping greenery and $10,000 worth of eco-friendly products made of recycled tires to beautify the playground.
In 2013, the following items were collected:
- 152 car and marine batteries
- 1328 pounds of household batteries (equivalent to approximately 18,500 AA batteries)
- 5,204 tires
- 2,563 litres of motor oil
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