Company Buy Back Programs
Stuck with a large item like a working fridge? Utility companies in your province may have recycling or buy-back programs that will take the item off your hand. BC Hydro in British Columbia, for example, has a “Fridge Buy-Back Program.” If you are a residential customer of BC Hydro and have a working fridge between 10 and 24 cubic feet, the company will pick it up and recycle it for free.
Check out the website or call the hotline of utility companies for information.
Retailer Take Back Programs
Some Canadian retailers have taken a proactive approach to reducing our environmental impact and have put in place recycling and/or collection services for items and material ranging from alkaline batteries, automotive batteries, rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs, cell phones, CDs, electronics, eye glasses, medications, packaging, plastic bags, small appliances, telecommunications equipment, tires, used oil/filters/containers.
Check out retailers like Best Buy, Future Shop, London Drugs, IKEA recycling program, Staples, Save-On-Foods Changes Recycling Centre, Choices Market – Recycling, Canon and Telus as well as associations like Third World Eye Care Vision Society Canada, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association.
Materials Exchange programs such as the British Columbia Electronics Material Exchange (BC EMEX), described as a dating service for e-waste. This is a free, province-wide service that facilitates the reuse and recycling of products and materials destined for landfills. The program allows members to sell, give away or trade reusable electronic items under 30 categories including televisions, gaming consoles and computers.
To participate, sign up for an account at www.bc.reuses.com or www.bcimex.ca. For more information, visit http://rcbc.bc.ca/services/materials, www.bc.reuses.com or www.bcimex.ca. You can also call the hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253) or 1-800-667-4321; e-mail at email@example.com
Got a stash of old cell phones, video game players, cameras, e-Readers, laptops or other electronic devices cluttering up your space? If you do, then now is a great time to do some spring cleaning & decluttering and get cash for your stash at the same time. Online companies like NextWorth and Gazelle make it easy and convenient for you to get additional value out of your used electronics equipment, while being environmentally responsible by keeping them out of the landfills.
Here’s how it works. Go to the website, list what you have to sell and receive back an offer. If you like the price you’re offered and accept it, you’ll receive a check, a Pay Pal credit card or a gift card and your electronics will be refurbished and resold or recycled.
Freecycle. The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,070 groups with 9,147,070 members around the world. Members give and get stuff for free in their own towns, thereby keeping usable items out of landfills. To find your community and to sign up for membership, go to www.freecycle.org and click on Browse Groups above the search box.
Earth911 helps consumers find local recycling information through the largest and most accurate recycling directory. Also check out Earth 911 for donation centres that are near you.
Log on to www.earth911.com or these other Canadian websites for details:
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI-ACIR), www.cari-acir.org
British Columbia, www.rcbc.bc.ca
New Brunswick, www.recyclenb.ca
Newfoundland and Labrador, www.mmsb.nl.ca
Northwest Territories, www.yellowknife.ca/Page11.aspx
Nova Scotia, www.clean.ns.ca
Nunavut Territory, www.city.iqaluit.nu.ca
Ontario, www.rco.on.ca and www.veoliase.com
Prince Edward Island, www.iwmc.pe.ca
Quebec, www.veoliase.com and www.sqrd.org