Recycle Me

Have you ever had an experience like this: You arrive at your local Island Return It Recycling Centre with a load of empty bottles and cans to recycle. Once you've sorted them, you bring them up to the counter where a staff member counts them and tallies up your refund. Except, first she pulls a few cans out and explains that while she can recycle them, there is no deposit on them to refund. You most likely felt confused and bewildered.  In this blog post, I would like to explain why some cans have deposits and some do not. It's not a matter of international borders (we don't discriminate), it has nothing to do with individual bottle depots or recycling centres and it most certainly is not a preferential thing either. However please keep in mind: this information applies only to B.C. recycling centres. It's much simpler than that. Whether or not you get...

We get it, recycling can be messy and sticky and even stinky so we would like to offer you a few suggestions to help make your trip to Island Return It Recycling Centre as simple as possible. Make It A Habit When you do the dishes at after dinner, make it a habit to use the rinse water to rinse out empty bottles and cans. Do them all together as you do other chores so that it doesn't feel as though you're always rinsing out the recycling. A book called "Psycho-Cybernetics" first published in the 1970s suggests that if you repeat an action regularly for 21 days it will become a habit. While there is no clinical evidence based on controlled experiments to support this theory it has been repeated often enough that we feel obligated to mention it. Habit, I suppose. A Dedicated Space [caption id="attachment_189" align="alignright" width="225"] image credit: limelightinteriors.blogspot.com[/caption] Find a spot in...

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...