December 2013

You've heard us say this before: This is more than a business, Its a lifestyle for us. We eat, sleep and breath recycling and while we've really been having a lot of fun with you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest now we're adding another platform to the mix: Google Plus. The reason for the new addition is simple, We want to be where you will find us. A Page For Each Depot Unlike our other social media accounts where we only have one to speak for the whole company, on Google Plus we have a different page for each depot. Victoria, Sidney, Duncan, Saltspring Island and Campbell River all have their own unique voices on Google plus and if you live in one of those communities you will feel right at home on our page. We share information and trivia facts about recycling, we share contests, photos and links to really awesome articles...

Worldwide, as much as 50 million tons of old electronics are discarded annually [source 1="<a" 2="2="2="2="2="href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/01/high-tech-trash/carroll-text">Carroll</a>""""" language=":"][/source] The dangers of discarded, old computers stem from what's inside them. Your typical piece of electronic equipment -- especially one like a PC with many circuit boards -- may contain up to 8 pounds of lead, along with lower levels of mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and other toxic chemicals [source 1="<a" 2="2="2="2="2="href="http://www.ohio.com/news/15830757.html">Downing</a>""""" language=":"][/source] Recycling older computers and computers accessories at Island Return It is an easy way to ensure that your older pcs aren’t sitting in a landfill contributing additional toxins into the environment. As you may imagine, landfills are a particularly harsh hotbed for pollutants and almost one in six (Canadian) households put its unwanted electronic equipment in the garbage, 35% of households say they do not know what to do with it (e-waste). [Source: Stats Canada] What Our Customers Say The biggest concern that we hear from...

**This article was originally published by Matraea Mercantile With little kids come big messes. When people become new parents they learn how quickly extra waste accumulates, mountains of outgrown clothes form and discarded toys abound. I remember thinking that I would never catch up with the overwhelming pile of baby clothes that no longer fit and the loud battery-operated toys from well-meaning grandparents that made my ears ring and startled the baby. At the time, I thought I was creating more waste for the landfill and my conscience was eating me alive, I wish I had known then about Island Return It’s recycling programs. Surprising Items That Can Be Recycled 1)      Electronic Toys. When Elmo finally stops screaming for tickles don’t toss him in the trash, bring him down to your local Island Return It Recycling Centre and drop him off. The Electronic Toy Recycling Program is the first of its kind in North...

At Island Return It we live, work and breath recycling and sustainability. It's in our genes and our company has a long history on Vancouver Island, did you know that we have been operational for 18 years? Making recycling as easy and dare I say fun for consumers is what drives us. In Sidney and Esquimalt in particular this commitment is illustrated by our 5 star rating. Island Return it is proud to say that those two facilities of ours are the only two depots in the Victoria area that have qualified for such a high rating. We understand that you can take your recycling anywhere, but we hope that you choose to recycle with the company that is setting the standard for cleanliness, customer service and efficiency. Community Involvement Something else that is near and dear to us is community involvement. We sponsor many local teams, clubs and organizations, we fund raise...

On average it takes about 60 days to completely recycle a beverage can, refill it and get back on the shelves, that’s a pretty impressive stat but when you consider that making new cans from recycled aluminum uses 95 percent less energy, it becomes a no-brainer. [caption id="attachment_24" align="alignright" width="222"] Cans to be Recycled[/caption] There is a 5 step process to aluminum can recycling and it starts with you – and also Island Return It recycling depots. Step 1 Sorting and Counting Step 1 is where it all begins. When you bring in your empty pop cans for recycling the staff at Island Return It count your cans after they've been sorted into separate categories i.e. pop or beer. Next we count the cans and refund you the appropriate amount of money according to how many you have returned. Step 2 Shredding. When aluminum cans arrive at the processing facility they get baled. A bale of cans can consist...