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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...

Well once again, here we are. The holiday season is upon us. This time of the year means different things to different people. It could be time with family, time off work (oh yeah!), or time to make a fresh start. But one thing is common to all traditions: the most wonderful time of the year can easily become the most wasteful time of the year! Don’t let it happen to you. This year, make a few simple changes to reduce your holiday waste. [caption id="attachment_490" align="alignright" width="231"] Christmas light bulbs (photo credit: Bubbels)[/caption] We all waste food at one time or another, but during the holidays this can increase by obscene amounts. This year, focus on the quality of the food you eat, not the quantity. Treat your loved ones to one decadently expensive box of chocolates instead of mountains of sugary, waxy junk. Make meals together from scratch to reduce the...

 School’s back in full swing (after a bumpy start), which also means it’s fundraising season again!  Chocolates, anyone?  Cookies?  Magazines?  Entertainment Books?!!   [caption id="attachment_480" align="alignleft" width="271"] Photo credit: Cnunes62[/caption] But what if you’re looking to make some money for your organization and save the planet at the same time?  For this, nothing beats a good old fashioned bottle drive.  Except, in order to make yours successful it might be time to do away with the “old fashioned” and bring your bottle drive into the 21st century!     Here are four steps to help make your bottle drive efficient, profitable, and fun: STEP ONE: ORGANIZE Form a small group of people willing to take initiative and delegate tasks to each person in the group.  For example, have one person in charge of advertising, one person in charge of volunteer recruitment, and someone else in charge of sorting the collected containers.  Choose a leader, having one point of...

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...

    Once upon a time men and women would put the groceries away and without giving it another thought they would scrunch up the plastic bags and shove them into the garbage can. Sometimes, if they were particularly conscientious or on a budget they would reuse those grocery bags as trash can liners. Long term implications of non-biodegradable plastics in landfills wasn't a hot topic and it didn't occur to everyone that these bags might remain as unpleasant reminders of our rampant consumerism for future generations. Enter a new generation of consumers who noticed that decades later, plastic was still hanging around. In fact, it can take roughly 1000 years for a plastic non-biodegradable bag to break down. That's 500 years longer than a disposable diaper, by the way. Talk of recycling plastic and reusing bags soon starts to gain traction, but doesn't catch on as quickly as it should have. Use of...