January 2014

We get it, recycling can be messy and sticky and even stinky so we would like to offer you a few suggestions to help make your trip to Island Return It Recycling Centre as simple as possible. Make It A Habit When you do the dishes at after dinner, make it a habit to use the rinse water to rinse out empty bottles and cans. Do them all together as you do other chores so that it doesn't feel as though you're always rinsing out the recycling. A book called "Psycho-Cybernetics" first published in the 1970s suggests that if you repeat an action regularly for 21 days it will become a habit. While there is no clinical evidence based on controlled experiments to support this theory it has been repeated often enough that we feel obligated to mention it. Habit, I suppose. A Dedicated Space [caption id="attachment_189" align="alignright" width="225"] image credit: limelightinteriors.blogspot.com[/caption] Find a spot in...

Island Return It Recycling Centres is pleased to announce that we are now able to accept expired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for free recycling. Under the AlarmRecycle program we can accept smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms. The program is funded entirely by the environmental fee applied to the sale of new alarms sold in BC which is why we are able to take them without charging a fee. Typically the fee that you pay at the point of purchase is $1.20 on a new smoke alarm and $0.60 on new CO alarms. So as with other electronics you've already paid the price, now take advantage of the service!...

This past Christmas when we threw our annual holiday party (which was awesome!) and we presented everyone on the Island Return It team with a special gift. A gift that meant more to us than a bottle of wine or a book or anything else we could have dreamed up. This year we wanted to give the gift of nourishment not just to our employees but their families too. So everyone got a chicken. [caption id="attachment_172" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: www.simplebites.net[/caption] Promoting Health and Hope We choose to purchase the chickens from the Hope Farm in the Cowichan Valley for a few reasons: 1) We wanted to support our neighbors Hope Farm is located close to the Island Return It head office in Duncan and we love the "Buy Local" movement and want to participate. Promoting the products and services available in our communities is important to us, as we live and work in them too. 2)...

The tradition of making New Years Resolutions is an old one, in fact, at the end of the Great Depression about 25% of American adults claimed to make one and by the end of the 20th century about 40% did. The most popular resolutions that people make are often centered around self improvement, living a healthier lifestyle, becoming a better person, learning a new skill or adjusting attitudes. Resolution #1 The first of our New Year's resolutions has to do with a little known fact about Island Return It depots; We recycle light bulbs! For free! All kinds! Yes, LEDs, CFLs, incandescent, halogen and even decorative light strings (You know, Christmas lights!). Not only can you bring those back for responsible recycling but if you're fixtures are finished too we'll take them. That includes floor lamps, table lamps, chandeliers, wall fixtures and even flash lights. If you are a contractor or electrician, this is pretty good...