Andrea Stockton, staff writer
May 2, 2011 — Torontonians are being asked to recycle election signs in an effort to save them from entering the landfill.
Lawns and fields across the country have been covered with election signs over the past few weeks. And as the latest federal election wraps up several people wonder, what happens to all of those signs?
Vincent Sferrazza with Solid Waste Management in the city of Toronto encourages candidates to re-use the signs especially if they plan to run in another election.
“It is the candidates obligation to collect all of the signs by the end of the day on May 5th. However, if there are still signs remaining on someone's lawn, the homeowner is encouraged to take those signs to our drop-off location,” says Sferrazza.
There are six Toronto Drop-off Depot locations that will accept the the signs until Tuesday, May 24. There are no drop off fees for election signs as the city is working to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill.
“By diverting material from our landfill, it allows the city of Toronto to keep its landfill open longer...It also allows us to re-use a material into another product so we don't have to use raw materials when creating a new product,” explains Sferrazza.
Officials say during the last election they were able to collect over 12 tonnes of material and prevent it from entering the landfill.
“It was drizzily this morning as I made my way to my polling place. Voting is important and I will not let the weather impede the democratic process,” stated Craig Morris.
“In the past I've voted in the baking heat, in snow, in rain...doesn't matter. It's my duty, one of the very few expected of me in this great country,” said another fan Veronica Callinan.
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