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[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...

It's official! Our Campbell River, Duncan, Esquimalt and Sidney locations are now a part of the new MMBC program! Island Return It Recycling Centres can now accept Styrofoam products for responsible disposal, (all depots with the exception of Salt Spring Island that is). This change has been brought about the new MMBC (Multi-Material British Columbia) program, which is a non-profit organization that holds manufacturers and distributors responsible for the disposal management of packaging and printed paper (PPP), similar to the program for recycling beverage containers or light bulbs. The Styrofoam aspect of this new program covers all the most widely used consumer products such as: 1- Foam Drink Cups 2- White & Coloured Meat Trays 3- Foam Packaging for Computers, Electronics & Appliances 4- Egg Cartons 5- Take Out Containers Products We Cannot Accept: - Packing Peanuts - Pool Noodles (Yes. This is tragic with summer just around the corner but don't worry, we've found some awesome ideas for re-purposing...

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...

**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...