Recycle Me

**This article was originally published by Matraea Mercantile With little kids come big messes. When people become new parents they learn how quickly extra waste accumulates, mountains of outgrown clothes form and discarded toys abound. I remember thinking that I would never catch up with the overwhelming pile of baby clothes that no longer fit and the loud battery-operated toys from well-meaning grandparents that made my ears ring and startled the baby. At the time, I thought I was creating more waste for the landfill and my conscience was eating me alive, I wish I had known then about Island Return It’s recycling programs. Surprising Items That Can Be Recycled 1)      Electronic Toys. When Elmo finally stops screaming for tickles don’t toss him in the trash, bring him down to your local Island Return It Recycling Centre and drop him off. The Electronic Toy Recycling Program is the first of its kind in North...

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...

People often ask us what they should do to safely dispose of household batteries. Our answer is always: Bring them to us, but don’t stop at AAs, we also collect batteries for products like hearing aids, medical devices, laptops, mobile and cordless phones, cameras, radios, gaming devices, camcorders, smoke detectors, flash lights and other electronic devices. What about Lead Acid Batteries? Then there are the big batteries. We’ll take your lead acid batteries too and ensure that they are properly recycled. These batteries are from products such as cars and trucks, motorcycles, golf carts, boats and RVs. Heck, we’ll even take an old forklift battery off your hands for you! When we collect consumer batteries we send them to a recycling facility in BC where they are processed into reusable metals and materials. No part of the battery ever makes it to a landfill, instead they are turned into new batteries, stainless steel...

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,...