RECYCLING BLOG

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...

Last year in the Cowichan Valley bottle drives raised over $95,000. That's a lot of empty bottles and cans and that's only one of the 5 communities that Island Return it is located in. Community involvement is really important to us, at Island Return It, helping and supporting local organizations is a special way that we can help give back. When you register your bottle drive with us (whichever location that is nearest to you) you get FULL REFUNDS on all empty ready to drink beverage containers. We provide support and guidance to help you make the most of your fundraiser and we help promote your event through our social media channels. Supporting our communities is priority #1 for us. We love nothing more than to participate in a school or team bottle drive that raises money for a good cause while keeping the money in our communities. As with anything, it's important to...