Recycle Me

Now is that time of the year, between the excitement of the holidays and the rush of Spring, that we often find a quiet moment for reflection.  Now, you may not find yourself reflecting on the state of the electronics recycling industry in British Columbia.  But I do.  A lot. Particularly, today I want to help dispel a few myths about electronics recycling in BC and hopefully help divert even more hazardous waste out of our landfills.  Myth: Environmental Handling Fees are just a hidden tax by the government. The fees are actually collected by the industry in accordance with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA).  The EPRA is a national not-for-profit entity that oversees the recycling of electronics in Canada.  The fees do not go to the government at all, and 100% goes to pay for the administration, collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of electronics. Myth: Recycled electronics simply get shipped overseas...

[caption id="attachment_496" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2015 Happy New Year[/caption] “New year’s resolutions.”  Feel that tightening in your gut?  That impending sense of guilt for another year’s resolutions already fading into distant memory?  Okay, so maybe that’s a tad dramatic.  Maybe.  No matter your official view of new year’s resolutions, it’s hard not to yearn for change at the beginning of a new year.  Hard not to think that this will be the year when you finally ______! (fill in the blank)  The problem is that most of us make it way too complicated on ourselves, get overwhelmed, and eventually fall back into our old ways.  Here at Island Return It Recycling Centres we have been helping people realize their resolutions the easy way for 20 years.  That’s right, 2015 marks our 20th anniversary of providing hassle free recycling services to the people of the South Cowichan Valley and beyond! Here’s the trick: simply by recycling...