RECYCLING BLOG

Upon first glance it doesn’t make any sense does it? We never take your money, in fact we are usually giving out refunds for empty beverage containers. We sell cases of wine and beer bottles for less than the cost of a bottle of wine and we save huge bags of empty egg cartons and give those to local chicken farmers for a $1 a bag. Never mind the thousands of dollars we donate to community organizations, charities and local sports teams every year. How are we still in business? I’m so glad you asked! It works like this: Our depots are funded by product stewardships. A stewardship is an environmental management strategy that operates under the principal that whomever is creating, producing, selling or using a product should be responsible for minimizing that product’s impact on the environment. This is usually manufacturers and producers (i.e. Pepsi and Coca-Cola) or Consumers (this...

There is a new bright spot in the world of recycling! In all but one of our Island Return It Recycling Centres we can accept light bulbs, fixtures, ballasts and fluorescent tubes up to 8 feet long for safe recycling. This service is available to everyone who uses Island Return It locations but is especially useful for general contractors, electricians, businesses, building managers and schools as we can accept large quantities at one time without having to charge a fee. We can also accept ceiling and wall fixtures, outdoor fixtures, floor and table lamps, chandelier and bicycle lights. So whether you’re recycling a burnt out bulb, an outdated chandelier, a string of Christmas lights or your old LED flashlight, we’ve got you covered! LightRecycle Program This program, LightRecycle is funded by the recycling fees applied to the sale of new lighting products in BC. The fee rates do vary by product type and manufacturers,...