If your toaster is toast, your electric razor goes rogue, or your treadmill’s tired – what would you do?
Small appliances and power tools shouldn't end their lives in landfills. Recycling these items is easier than many people realize, thanks to BC’s ElectroRecycle program. Not only can you drop off over 300 products at over 120 locations for free, but there are also handy tools to help you find the information you need to get there – the BC Recycling Hotline, the Recyclepedia and mobile apps!
But how can you let others know?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create an engaging, entertaining, and enlightening movie trailer that will show British Columbians just how easy it is to recycle their electrical products. So hit the lights, grab the camera, coerce some friends – and get filming. Cash prizes and glory await!
Intrigued? Be sure to review contest rules & recycling information.
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 landfill 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 products for recycling.
- 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, EPR recycling programs in B.C. diverted 121,000 tonnes of solid waste and reduced 267,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of removing 72,950 passenger 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?
- For a full list of accepted products, click here.
- General info about ElectroRecycle, see website.
- For more information on recycling in BC, or BC's EPR programs, click here.
- Still can't find what you need? Send us an e-mail and we'd be happy to help.