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Recycle those old electronics

Keep old electronics out of the landfill and recycle them safely this holiday season. - FILE PHOTO
Keep old electronics out of the landfill and recycle them safely this holiday season.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO

With the Boxing Day sales underway it's time to clear out the old electronic clutter, and what better way than by recycling used products safely.

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to offer free recycling for all kinds of electronic toys, from talking stuffies to remote control vehicles to gaming devices.

• Plush textiles with electronics, including dolls and stuffies

• Metal or hard plastic toys with electronics

• Remote control vehicles

• Ride on vehicles

• Hand-held game devices

• Gaming devices with PC/TV

• Electronic promotional items, like those sold with meals

Every electronic toy is carefully dismantled in the recycling process, and all of its components are sorted and made into a wide variety of new items. Every bit of a toy that can be recycled — from plastics to circuit boards to various metals – is turned into something new and useful.

You can recycle those old batteries too. The Call2Recycle program keeps batteries out of the landfill by reclaiming precious metals and turning them into new batteries and stainless steel products.

To find out where you can recycle electronic toys and batteries for free, please visit the Recyclopedia at www.rcbc.bc.ca or call the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667 4321 or 604 732 9253.

You can also check the Depot Finder at www.cbrsc.ca. CBRSC is the Canadian Brandowners Stewardship Corporation, which is working with the Canadian Toy Association to recycle electronic toys across BC.

So, ask the kids to clean out their closets and have even happier holidays.

 

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