Re: Purpose Fest

The Guelph Tool Library (GTL) presents Re:Purpose Fest, a community recycling event and barbeque on Saturday June 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Tytler Public School (131 Ontario Street).  Attendees at Re:Purpose Fest will be able to recycle many items that normally end up in the landfill or learn about unique ways to repurpose items. Below is the list of what we are recycling:


  • Car Seat Recycling – David Bruce & Associates Insurance and Financial Services (The Co-operators) is sponsoring child car seat recycling.  Normally costing about $15 a seat, all seats collected at Re:Purpose Fest will be recycled for free through ATMO.
  • Cell Phones – The GTL hs been collecting cell phones for the Toronto Zoo Phone Apes program for the past year.  We recently completed the Good Call Program which sent over 300 phones to the zoo.
  • Children’s Books and Reading Material – Wilma Alexander runs a book donation program that delivers books to local prisons. Since she started in September of 2015, she has delivered almost 11,000 books. Books wanted include the following: children’s books; dictionaries; large print books; languages other than English; material reflecting diversity of culture, especially First Nations; and remedial educational materials.
  • Craft Supplies – The Creation Station is a local initiative for exploring art.  We are collecting arts and crafts materials.
  • Crayons – Crazy Crayons takes unwanted, rejected, broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new crayons!
  • Cutlery – Royal City Church has asked us to collect cutlery at our event on their behalf.
  • Mascara and Makeup Wands – Project Wild Wands Canada collects old mascara and makeup wands and sends them to wildlife rehabilitation centres across Canada.
  • Scrap Metal Recycling – We will be collecting scrap metal to offset out costs for this event.  Benmet Steel and Metal is providing the recycling container.
  • School SuppliesThe Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition participates in the city wide backpack program.  Two Rivers NG is collecting school supplies for this program. Needs items include: pencils, pens, binders, paper, markers,and pencil sharpeners. .
  • Sheets and Towels – GENTLY USED – Fleece blankets, towels, flat sheets, knitted blankets, baby blankets will be collected on behalf of the Guelph Humane Society.  
  • Small Toys and Game Pieces – The Tiny Toy Co. wants your small misfit toys and games pieces to create educational experiences.  We will be collecting them and dropping them off in Toronto.
  • Suitcases – We are collecting suitcases on behalf of Not Just Tourists.  Donations of full-sized suitcases (large) are extremely welcome. They should be clean, fairly light, be able to close easily, and in good condition.
  • Swap TableOne person’s garbage is another person’s treasure.  Have something that is working but unwanted? Bring it to Re:Purpose Fest and swap it for something else.
  • Tools and AppliancesThe Guelph Tool Library has operated since August of 2016.  Over 95% of our 700+ tool and appliance inventory has been donated.  Do you have an unwanted (but working) tool or appliance? We would love to have it and share it with our members.
  • Tupperware and other reusable containers – Many of us have a huge pile of tupperware that takes up space in our kitchen and goes unused.  The Welcome in Drop In Centre has asked us to collect containers for them to provide to their clients.
  • VHS  and Audio Tapes – Since their introduction in 1970s, over 2 billion VHS tapes have been solid in Canada.  The vast majority end up in the landfill even though over 80% of the VHS tape is recyclable.  Working with Red Propeller, the Guelph Tool Library will be collecting and recycling these tapes for a “pay what you can” donation.
  • Wine Corks – Jelinek of Oakville Ontario remanufactures used wine cork primarily for construction materials such as cork underlay, cork flooring, acoustical cork wall tiles and cork fabrics.

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