Retailer Take Back Programs

To help reduce our environmental impact, many retailers have begun to offer voluntary recycling programs for a variety of materials. See the list below for items that you can help keep out of our landfills!

     
Alkaline Batteries Automotive Batteries Compact Fluorescent Bulb
Cell Phones CDs Electronics
Eye Glasses Medications Packaging
Plastic Bags Rechargeable Batteries Small Appliances
Telecommunications Equipment Tires Used Oil/Filters/Containers

Alkaline Batteries

As of July 1st, 2010, consumers may recycle all household batteries (alkaline and/or rechargeable) at nearly 1,500 collection locations across the province. To find a drop-off location for batteries near you, visit the RCBC Recyclepedia or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (732-9253) or 1-800-667-4321.

Retailers who collect alkaline batteries for free recycling include:
Best Buy
London Drugs
IKEA recycling program
Staples
Home Depot
Lowes
The Source
Canadian Tire
Rona 

Automotive Batteries

Automotive (lead-acid) batteries are recycled as part of a provincially regulated recycling program. Retailers are encouraged by the Ministry of Environment to accept at least one used battery in return for each retail battery sold. This take-back program is voluntary, but a majority of retailers are accepting used batteries. Contact your local automotive battery retailer to inquire.

For more information about the provincially regulated recycling program for automotive batteries please visit Product Stewardship - Lead-Acid Batteries

Compact Florescent (CFL) Bulbs

CFLs contain small amounts of mercury vapor and must be handled and disposed of cautiously. CFL bulbs and fluorescent light tubes are now accepted through a province-wide recycling program and can be dropped-off for free at participating retailers. Please see www.lightrecycle.ca to find a convenient location.

Cell Phones

There are many different return-to-retailer programs for cell phones. Most collection programs donate at least a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Recycle My Cell
Call2Recycle
Charitable Recycling

CDs

Compact discs (cds) and DVDs can be recycled through the Greentec bin collection system at all Future Shop and Best Buy locations.

For more information and to find your nearest location:
Future Shop
Best Buy

Electronics

Household electronics such as cameras, mp3 players and DVD players can be returned to specific retailers for recycling. For the details and restrictions on each collection program, please visit the following retailer's websites for more information:

London Drugs - any electronics originally purchased at London Drugs, including home audio/visual equipment (VCR/DVD players, stereos etc.)
Future Shop - portable audio/video devices (CD, DVD, Mp3 players) and cell phones
Best Buy - portable audio/video devices (CD, DVD, Mp3 players) and cell phones
Canon - cameras, camcorders and binoculars

Eye Glasses

Check with your local optometrist or optical retailer to inquire about reuse options. Many will accept reusable glasses to donate locally, overseas and to developing nations.

For more information on organizations collecting eye glasses in BC, please visit:
Third World Eye Care Vision Society Canada
Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Medications

The provincially regulated medications return program allows consumers to return (at no charge) unused or expired medications to over 90% of participating pharmacies in the province. Included in this program are all prescription and non-prescription medicines, as well as herbal products, mineral and vitamin supplements and throat lozenges.

To find participating pharmacies near you:
Health Products Stewardship Association

For more information about provincial stewardship regulations:
BC Product Stewardship - Pharmaceuticals

Packaging

Various retailers have taken a proactive approach towards recycling product packaging and offer collection services for specific materials. For more information on each program, visit the websites listed below.

London Drugs - What is the Green Deal?
Save-On-Foods Changes Recycling Centre

Choices Market - Recycling

Plastic Bags

Several retail outlets, including London Drugs, Safeway, Save-On-Foods and Wal-Mart, offer a collection system for recycling plastic shopping bags.

To find participating retailers near you:
www.myplasticbags.ca

Rechargeable Batteries

 As of July 1st, 2010, consumers may recycle all household batteries (alkaline and/or rechargeable) at nearly 1,500 collection locations across the province. To find a drop-off location for batteries near you, visit the RCBC Recyclepedia or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (732-9253) or 1-800-667-4321.

Call2Recycle collects batteries from nearly 20 different retail chains across Canada and the US.

To find participating retailers near you:
Call2Recycle

Small Appliances

London Drugs is an industry leader when it comes to responsible recycling. They will take-back electronics and appliances purchased at their stores, including small appliances such as toasters and coffee makers, as well as any electronics or packaging materials.

For more information and to find your nearest location:
London Drugs - What is the Green Deal?

Telecommunications Equipment

Telecommunication equipment such as corded and cordless phones can be returned to specific retailers for recycling. For the details and restrictions on each collection program, please visit the following retailer's websites for more information:

TELUS – corded phones, cordless phones including the battery, and cell phones

Tires

There is a province-wide recycling program for passenger car and truck tires run by Tire Stewardship BC; a non-profit organization formed to manage the scrap tire recycling program on behalf of tire retailers in BC. The program collects an Advance Disposal Fee, commonly referred to as an eco fee, on the sale of every new tire. Most tire retailers will accept up to 4 off-rim tires per visit for free.

To find participating retailers near you:
Tire Stewardship BC - registered retailers

For more information about provincial stewardship regulations:
BC Product Stewardship - Tires

Used Oil / Filters / Containers

BC implemented a used oil recycling program in the summer of 2003 that is managed by the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA).

This provincially regulated program has a network of approximately 500 return collection facilities for safe disposal of used oil, used oil filters and empty oil containers for free drop off.

For more information and to find participating retailers near you:
BC Used Oil Management Association

For more information about provincial stewardship regulations:
BC Product Stewardship - Used Oil / Filters / Containers