Recycling in BC
Recycling programs in British Columbia generally take three forms:
- Curbside Collection - Commonly referred to as "Blue Box" programs
- Return-to-Retail - Collection programs stationed in stores where products are sold
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) - Producers are responsible for managing end-of-life products, often collected through a depot network
British Columbia is recognized as a leader in the field of EPR, and has over 15 programs that are responsible for recycling products such as beverage containers, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tires and used oil. Read more about EPR programs here.
BC's Small Appliance & Power Tool Recycling Program
ElectroRecycle is a province-wide electrical products recycling program in B.C. It's the first of its kind in Canada, and the only government-approved small appliance and power tool recycling program in the province. ElectroRecycle gives British Columbians a convenient recycling option for the more than two million electrical products sent to landfills each year.
Program Fast Facts:
- ElectroRecycle is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program. Products are collected through a depot network, NOT in curbside "blue box" programs.
- It's convenient. From Abbotsford to Williams Lake, you’re never more than 30 minute drive from one of the 120 depots across the province.
- It's free. Thanks to BC's handy eco-fee system, there's no charge to drop off the products. And who doesn't like free?
- It's comprehensive. Over 300 diverse products are included, meaning you can recycle just about anything with a cord or a battery. Curling iron? Chocolate fountain? Night vision goggles? No problem – it’s included.
- It's easy to find the info you need. BC's Recycling Hotline, Recyclepedia, and Recyclepedia mobile apps are here to help you find your nearest drop-off location.
What are the benefits of recycling electrical products?
- The majority of materials used to make electrical products, including plastic, glass, metal and aluminum, will be recycled through ElectroRecycle.
- Recycling electrical products will help reduce the amount of waste that end up in landfills, ensuring potentially hazardous materials are kept out of our environment.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Recycled steel uses 74% less energy, while recycled glass uses 30% less energy.
- In 2007, industry-managed recycling programs in B.C. diverted 121,000 tonnes of solid wasteand reduced 267,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of removing 72,950passenger cars off B.C. roadways each year!
What is an eco-fee?
ElectroRecycle is a non-profit program funded by a recycling fee applied to the sale of new electrical products in B.C. The fee may be included in a product's price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out. Since a recycling fee is collected by a non-profit program, and not the government, it is NOT a tax.
Where can I find more information?