Recycle Me

Annually, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in over 192 countries, for over 40 years now. It grew from a small idea in 1970 to the huge international event it is today. Earth Day Events As you might imagine, at Island Return It, we love celebrating Earth Day so we have decided to prolong the fun and hold multiple recycling events in communities up and down Vancouver Island. The first event will take place at Mayfair Shopping Centre in Victoria on April 18th & 19th. Between 10am-6pm. You are invited to bring any old, unwanted computers, electronics, small appliances, light bulbs, batteries, power tools, outdoor power equipments and more  to Mayfair Shopping Centre's parking area at Finlayson and Blanchard. Upcoming Events The second event is the following weekend (April 26th - 27th) in Mill Bay at Kerry Park. Between 10-6pm Followed by Port Alberni on May 9-10th at the Pacific Rim Mall by Staples. And we'll finish...

As part of our electronic waste recycling program we collect old TVs, along with computers, stereos, video equipment, [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Old broken TV (Photo credit: schmilblick)[/caption] and many, many other electronics.  When TVs arrive at our depots we have a special procedure we take when receiving and preparing them to be sent to processing plants in the B.C. interior because believe it or not, TVs are toxic. Despite international laws designed to prevent this, many developed countries send e-waste overseas to Asia and Africa. Inspections of 18 European seaports in 2005 found as much as 47 % of waste destined for export, including e-waste, was illegal. It is important that you know that when you recycle your electronic waste at Island Return It, we never send product overseas for dismantling. We use only approved facilities in North America. Older TVs Present a Special Challenge In particular, older TVs with CRTs (cathode ray tubes) need to be...

In Campbell River, Sidney and Duncan the Island Return It Recycling Centres offer a free paint exchange and recycling program from Product Care. Along with being the most cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative for handling leftover paint, the Paint Exchange puts paint where it belongs -- on buildings, walls, and fences -- and diverts it away from our sewers, dumps, and landfills. Leftover paint is given away on an as-is, as-available basis. There is no limit on the amount of paint an individual or organisation can take. Consumers using this service must sign a waiver form. To take advantage of this offer, simply visit one of the three participating Island Return It Recycling Centres and have a look at the paint rack which is usually in a very prominent place up front. Once you've selected your paint bring it up to the counter where one of our friendly staff members will give you Product Care's...

The concept of recycling has been around for ages, generations have grown up learning about the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) and (at least in this part of the world) there is a negative association with not recycling. Having said that, we know that there is a lot of miss-communication, half truths and gray areas around recycling and we would like to help set the record straight on a few of these recycling myths. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="400"] (Photo credits: www.recyclereminders.com)[/caption] Myth #1 - Recycling is the Only Way to Reduce Trash While recycling is a really great way to reduce trash you can also tackle this issue by shopping mindfully. For example, do you really need the product with all the extra packaging? Could you choose an alternative product to the one packed in Styrofoam? Can you buy in bulk? Can you purchase reusable items instead? Another simple way to reduce your...

First things first, Island Return It Recycling Centres doesn't dispose of unused medications. In Canada, pharmacists are the best bet for this as they have a designated stewardship program in place. When you have unused or expired medications in your home it is important that you dispose of them in a safe and responsible manner. In this blog post, we will explain how to safely remove potentially dangerous narcotics and medications from your home. Toss It?  Nope. The easiest thing to do is to simply throw old medicine into the trash. However, we strongly advise that you not do that! Unused pills might be mistaken for candy by small children and sometimes this leads to tragic results. Likewise if a household pet or wild animal were to get into your garbage. Flush It? Nope. Some drugs are safe to flush down the toilet but not all and because expired medicines are not processed during sewage treatment,...