It's easy to recycle power tools and small appliances
(NC) October is a timely reminder for British Columbians to take action to reduce their waste and make a positive impact on the environment. Not only do we celebrate Waste Reduction Week between October 21 and 27, but October also marks the second anniversary of ElectroRecycle, the not-for-profit, province-wide recycling program for small household appliances and power tools.
Introduced by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) in October 2011, the program provides an environmentally friendly alternative for a variety of electrical products that would otherwise end up in landfills, including toasters, sewing machines, electric toothbrushes and more. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved small appliance and power tool recycling program in B.C.
As of June 2013, ElectroRecycle reports it has collected more than 4.5 million kilograms of electrical products. That is equivalent to 642 African elephants, and to 20 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.
“Recycling continues to be increasingly important for British Columbians,” says Darrell Clarke, president of CESA. “We've seen public awareness and participation in our program grow steadily over the past two years and we'll be working hard in the future to ensure those positive trends continue.”
According to the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC), Canadians generate approximately 30 million tonnes of garbage every year and only recycle about 30 per cent of that material.
By taking simple actions such as recycling electrical products that are no longer in use, we can all do our part to reduce waste and protect the environment. There are more than 135 drop-off locations throughout the province and a full list of accepted products and drop-off locations is available at www.electrorecycle.ca.
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