May 2014

    Once upon a time men and women would put the groceries away and without giving it another thought they would scrunch up the plastic bags and shove them into the garbage can. Sometimes, if they were particularly conscientious or on a budget they would reuse those grocery bags as trash can liners. Long term implications of non-biodegradable plastics in landfills wasn't a hot topic and it didn't occur to everyone that these bags might remain as unpleasant reminders of our rampant consumerism for future generations. Enter a new generation of consumers who noticed that decades later, plastic was still hanging around. In fact, it can take roughly 1000 years for a plastic non-biodegradable bag to break down. That's 500 years longer than a disposable diaper, by the way. Talk of recycling plastic and reusing bags soon starts to gain traction, but doesn't catch on as quickly as it should have. Use of...

Woot Woot! We're on a roll! Our Earth Month festivities are rolling along, full steam ahead! This past weekend we took a little break after spending two days at the Mayfair Shopping Centre in Victoria and another two days at Kerry Park Arena in Mill Bay collecting assorted electronic waste, small appliances, scrap metal, light bulbs, batteries and whatever is on the accepted list that Island Return It can recycled! We've been having so much fun meeting all of you, answering questions and working with partners like Pacific Rim Mall and  UsedAlberni.com. Now that we are refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated we're ready to head further North to Port Alberni's Pacific Rim Mall.   We will be collecting small appliances (i.e. toasters, electric toothbrushes, coffee makers, kettles etc.), electronics (i.e. TVs, VCRs, Computers, cables, stereos etc.), batteries of all shapes and sizes, light bulbs, soft plastics, bottles and cans and even small quantities of Styrofoam. For a...