BC EPR Programs Update 2018

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A Guide to BC's Product Stewardship Programs 
Dead Batteries Busted Blenders Dumb Smartphones Burnt-Out Lights Clunky TV's Packaging Paper Rusty Mowers
Got these items lying around?
Did you know? British Columbians recycled more than 620 tonnes of batteries through the Call2Recycle program in 2017!
Household Batteries
ACCEPTED: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb), Alkaline, Lithium primary and Carbon-Zinc batteries, up to 5kg each.
That's the weight of more than four blue whales, the largest creature to have ever lived!
The ElectroRecycle program accepts over 300 types of products for recycling, including:
4,913 tons of materials were collected at 215 facilities in BC in 2017.
Small Appliances
Kitchen Countertop
Floor Cleaning
Garment Care
Air Treatment
Power Tools
Sports & Leisure
British Columbians recycled over 56,732 cellphones in 2017. That translates into...
1.93kg of Gold 19.91kg of Silver  

0.85kg of Palladium

902kg of Copper
At current prices, that's more than $152,200 worth of precious metals kept out of BC landfills!
Cell Phones
* Composition from EPA Recycling FAQ Estimates
End-of-Life Electronics
Encorp electronic depots collected over 17,818 tons of electronics in 2017. Besides TVs and computers, did you know the following electronic items are also included?
Home Audio Equipment
Computer Peripherals
POS Terminals
Video Game Systems
Storage Media
Electric Music Instruments
Portable Electronics
Medical Monitoring Devices
In 2017,  6,990,298 lamps and tubes were taken for recycling...
627 tons of residential light fixtures were also collected.
20.3 tons of toxic PCB ballasts were diverted...
Lighting Products
That's 4-5 African elephants weights' worth!
That's the weight of four houses!
Packaging and Printed Paper
- Empty aerosols (except spraypaints) - Plastic plant trays (clean with no soil) - Aseptic containers (e.g. soups, milk, broths) - Spiral-wound can (e.g. juice concentrate) - Paper cups for hot and cold beverages
Curbside Recycling, PLUS: - Packaging foam (no peanuts or insulation) - Soft packaging plastic (no cellophane or laminates) - Non-deposit glass jars (no housewares)
Accepted Curbside
Accepted at Depots
New Pilot Program for Flexible Plastics Packaging (Full rollout by Jan 2019)
 - Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches
 - Crinkly Wrappers and Bags
 - Woven and Net Plastic Bags
 - Non-food Protective Packaging (Bubble wrap)

* Leaf Blowers * Lawn Mowers * Pressure Washers * Lawn Tractors * AND MANY MORE!
120 Collection Sites in BC, accepting products including
Outdoor Power Equipment
(Handheld, Walk-behind, Standalone)
Want more info on stewardship programs? Visit or download the Recyclepedia App: Or call the Recycling Hotline: Lower Mainland (604)-RECYCLE (732-9253) Toll-Free 1(800)-667-4321
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