Electronics Recycling Program Expanded July 1, 2010
Old stereo or VCR player? There's a provincial electronics recycling program that makes it easy for you to reuse and recycle these items - no excuses to treat them as garbage and send them to the landfill! Encorp, the agency that runs the beverage container deposit (Return-it) system administers a provincially mandated industry stewardship program with collection depots in most larger BC communities. Included in the program as of July 1, 2010 are:
Desktop Computers (including CPUs, mouse, keyboards, cables and other components within the computer), Computer Monitors (includes traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) and flat panel display technologies), Notebook Computers/Laptops, Desktop Printers and Fax Machines (including printing devices that are designed to reside on a work surface, such as Laser, ink jet, dot matrix, thermal, dye sublimation, etc. and "multi-function" or "all in one" devices that perform different tasks such as copy, scan, fax, print, etc.), Televisions (includes various display technologies, such as traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), flat panel or rear projection), Non-Cellular Phones and Answering Machines, Vehicle Audio and Video Systems, Home Audio and Video Systems, Computer Scanners and Personal or Portable Audio and Video Systems.
This new program ensures that these now regulated end-of-life electronics are recycled here in BC rather than being sent overseas. You can click here to go to the Encorp-Return-It website for program details (we highly recommend reviewing the FAQs for Consumers section - link located in the bottom left corner of the homepage). Oh, and PLEASE make sure you only take approved items for recycling in the new program!
See our Recycling Page for more information on where the closest depot is to your home or use the location finder on the Encorp-Return It website. You can also call the BC Recycling Hotline toll-free at 1-800-667-4321.