Take it Back

Have you ever wondered why you can drop-off a TV for free recycling but not the TV cabinet? Or why tires are accepted with open arms but your front bumper isn’t?

Meet Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs. British Columbia is home to several of these programs, where provincial regulation mandates item producers or stewardship groups to take back certain items for recycling or safe disposal. The Recycling Regulation, under authority of the Environmental Management Act, sets out the requirements for product stewardship in BC.

Year-round drop-off options

The stewardship groups below partner with local recycling depots and retailers to provide residents with free and convenient drop-off options for their items, all year long:

Items

Drop off locations

Motor oil, oil filters and containers, antifreeze, and antifreeze containers BC Used Oil Management Association

Batteries (household)

Call2Recycle

Batteries (lead acid)

Canadian Battery Association

Interstate Batteries

Small appliances and power tools ElectroRecycle (Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association)
Beverage containers

Encorp Pacific Return-It

Brewers Recycling Container Collection Council

Electronics Electronic Products Recycling Association
Thermostats Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute Of Canada
Large appliances Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable
Electric outdoor power equipment Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Of Canada
Lightbulbs, lamps, paints, solvents, stains, pesticides, flammable liquids, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors Product Care Recycling
Internet and Telecommunications Equipment

Telus Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Packaging and printed paper Recycle BC
Pharmaceuticals Health Products Stewardship Association
Mobile phones Recycle My Cell
Motor vehicle and agricultural tires Tire Stewardship BC

During the annual Household Hazardous Waste Plus Collection Event, the Township also collaborates with many of these stewards to ensure items are recycled or disposed of responsibly after the event.

Make the most of EPR programs

Do you have a few of these items at home? Search our What Goes Where? tool to find a nearby drop-off location or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (732-9253).

More information

Learn more about EPR or check out the annual reports and collection plans put forward by each of the stewards to the provincial government by visiting the provincial Extended Producer Responsibility webpage.

Due to COVID-19, Public Health Orders related to large gatherings, and the anticipated number of participants based on prior years’ attendance, the fall 2020 Household Hazardous Waste event is postponed until further notice.