The Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority marks it annual Waste Reduction Week from Oct. 19 to 23, with a mini truckload sale, free orange chemical waste boxes and a mercury round up program.
To comply with provincial COVID-19 guidelines, residents are required to pre-register to pick up a choice of a backyard composter ($20), rain barrel ($60) or green cone digester ($50) during the week-long truckload sale. Time slots and designated pickup locations will be assigned upon registration. No walk-ins will be allowed.
The truckload sale is being held Oct. 19 to 22 in Windsor and Oct. 23 in Essex. Pre-registration continues through Thursday, Oct. 15, by calling 1-800-265-9625.
EWSWA is also distributing free orange boxes to anyone dropping off two or more chemical products at the Public Drop Off Depot, 3560 N. Service Rd. E., in Windsor from Oct. 19 to 23, while supplies last.
The orange box is designed to store municipal household and chemical waste until it can be brought to the depot for disposal.
EWSWA is also alerting people that one gram of mercury can contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point that fish from those waters are inedible for a year.
During Waste Reduction Week, EWSWA is partnering up with Scout Environment and the Ontario Trillium Foundation to give away a free digital thermometer to any resident who drops off mercury products (mercury lighting and batteries are excluded) at an EWSWA depot.
For further information on any of these programs, visit ewswa.org.