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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...

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...