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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!...

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...

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...

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...