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Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital Participates in National Recycling Contest

Colleen Duncan

By Colleen Duncan

Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital has been selected as a new recycling drop-off point for all air and home care packaging, which will be delivered on a regular basis to TerraCycle Canada. They are asking the people of Collingwood to bring them as much of this waste as possible, both to ensure it’s diverted from local landfills as well as to help in their efforts to win the nationwide Febreze Frenzy Contest.

The contest, back this year after a hugely successful run in 2014, is part of TerraCycle’s innovative collection-and-recycling program called the Air and Home Care Recycling Program, which enables any brand of air-freshener cartridge or home-cleaning packaging to be recycled — anyone in Canada can sign up, and all are welcome to participate in the contest, running until the end of April.

Plastic air fresheners and the packaging they come in, trigger heads, screw caps from bathroom and kitchen cleaners, used packs of disposable cleaning wipes and so forth are technically recyclable; however, the high cost of recycling these mixed plastics means the infrastructure to do so isn’t available across the country. As a result, this material needlessly ends up in landfills all over Canada.

This prompted Febreze and TerraCycle to join together in finding an innovative solution to this waste stream. Any plastic bottles and aerosols can still be recycled through municipal curbside collections.

Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital is taking part in the contest, which runs until April 30, 2016. The contest is the biggest in TerraCycle Canada's history with $5,000 of charity donations being shared among 3 winners. Mountain Vista also earns two TerraCycle points for each piece of air and home care packaging sent in, with each point redeemable for a one-cent contribution to their chosen charity which is Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.

The support of the community can really help the environment, as well as Mountain Vista's chances of becoming a winner in the contest and the amount of money raised for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.

To help Mountain Vista's efforts, simply bring your used plastic air fresheners and plug-in refills, trigger heads, pumps and caps and flexible home cleaning wipe packs of any brand to their collection box during business hours.

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