Recycling Tag

At Island Return It we live, work and breath recycling and sustainability. It's in our genes and our company has a long history on Vancouver Island, did you know that we have been operational for 18 years? Making recycling as easy and dare I say fun for consumers is what drives us. In Sidney and Esquimalt in particular this commitment is illustrated by our 5 star rating. Island Return it is proud to say that those two facilities of ours are the only two depots in the Victoria area that have qualified for such a high rating. We understand that you can take your recycling anywhere, but we hope that you choose to recycle with the company that is setting the standard for cleanliness, customer service and efficiency. Community Involvement Something else that is near and dear to us is community involvement. We sponsor many local teams, clubs and organizations, we fund raise...

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...

At Island Return It Recycling Centres we believe in community and giving back. We know that the folks that we serve in our communities (Victoria, Duncan, Sidney, Saltspring & Campbell River) also feel strongly about specific organizations, whether they want to help raise funds for schools, sports teams, shelters, food banks, hospitals or private citizens in need, we want to help them do it! Afterall, recycling isn’t just a business for us, it’s a lifestyle and we love being active members of our communities. [caption id="attachment_16" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1 Image credit GoodNCrazy Flickr CC[/caption] That’s why we offer a unique fundraising opportunity that takes a long term approach to collecting donations. Setting up an account for your favourite charity or organization has never been easier and can be done in a matter of minutes. Step 1 Call or visit your local Island Return It location and tell us you would like to set...

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...

Our Esquimalt Island Return it Recycling Centre in Victoria is the only 5 star rated recycling depot on all of Vancouver Island. Tucked neatly back from the road on Ellery St is where you will find this super clean and efficient recycling depot, which is more than just a bottle depot. In addition to beverage containers, the staff here will also safely and responsibly recycle: Small appliances, Household and Automotive, Batteries, Light bulbs and lamps, Cellphones, Electronic Kid Toys Did I mention that these services are free of charge to you, the eco-conscience consumer? You will not pay a dime to properly dispose of your unwanted recyclables! Like the hotel industry where a 5 Star designation assures the hotel guest of an exemplary standard of service, cleanliness, design and comfort, Encorp Pacific's 5 Star Depot Program will assure customers of the best possible recycling experience. Our Esquimalt location went through a rigorous checklist...