Welcome to ElectroRecycle, B.C.'s Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program.
ElectroRecycle is proud to host and participate in a number of community events throughout the year. We’re keen to encourage and promote good recycling habits in all communities across B.C., and we believe in spreading the message about worthy community causes as well.
Check out our list of upcoming events to see when ElectroRecycle is in your community.
With ElectroRecycle, you can recycle over 300 types of electrical products at over 120 drop-off locations across B.C.! Our program accepts small appliances, power tools, sewing machines, treadmills and many more electrical products! Click here for a complete list of accepted products.
To find a drop-off location near you enter your city or postal code into our depot locator map below.
Have a question for ElectroRecycle or need more information? Check out our About section and our Frequently Asked Questions, or email us a question using the Ask ElectroRecycle form on the left.
ElectroRecycle has a wide network of recycling drop-off locations across B.C. ElectroRecycle drop-off locations are accessible and convenient, ensuring most British Columbians can recycle their electrical products in their communities.
Enter your city or postal code below to find a location near you.
Note: not all locations will be able to accept very large bench-top power tools with an integrated stand and very large exercise machines like treadmills. Click here to find your nearest collection sites for these very large products only.
ElectroRecycle, the Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program gives British Columbians a new and convenient recycling option for their electrical products.
Recycle your old and broken electrical products at one of over 120 ElectroRecycle recycling drop-off locations across the province and help reduce pollution, save energy, and protect our environment. This province-wide network will ensure residents can drop-off their electrical products such as small appliances, power tools, and exercise machines for recycling as part of their regular routine.
ElectroRecycle is the first small appliance and power tool recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved electrical products recycling program in B.C. ElectroRecycle accepts more than 300 electrical products ranging in size from electric toothbrushes, countertop microwave ovens, hand-held drills to treadmills.
ElectroRecycle is a non-profit program funded by a recycling fee applied to the sale of new electrical products such as small appliances, power tools, and exercise machines brought into B.C. by manufacturers and retailers. The recycling fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling expenses. Upon purchasing, the recycling fee may be included in the product's price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out.
Industry-managed recycling programs like ElectroRecycle provide extensive benefits to B.C.'s environment:
- The majority of materials used to make electrical products, including plastic, glass, metal and aluminum, will be recycled through ElectroRecycle.
- Recycling electrical products will help reduce the amount of waste that end up in landfills, ensuring potentially hazardous materials are kept out of our environment.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Recycled steel uses 74% less energy, while recycled glass uses 30% less energy.
- In 2007, industry-managed recycling programs in B.C. diverted 121,000 tonnes of solid waste and reduced 267,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of removing 72,950 passenger cars off B.C. roadways each year!
- British Columbia is a leader in industry-managed recycling programs, with beverage container, tire, electronic and paint recycling programs already firmly established, widely supported and delivering significant long-term environmental benefits in the province.
- Utilizing an environmentally effective recycling program will help municipalities spend less on waste transportation, landfilling, and incineration.
ElectroRecycle accepts more than 300 electrical products ranging in size from electric toothbrushes, countertop microwave ovens, hand-held drills to treadmills. Products are divided into categories including: kitchen countertop (motorized and heating), time measurement, weight measurement, garment care, air treatment, desk and tabletop fans, designated very small items, floor care, personal care, test and measurement tools, hand-held power tools; bench-top, demolition, and free-standing power tools, sewing/textile machines, exercise machines, sports, leisure, arts, crafts, and hobby devices, as well as additional designated very small items.
The program recycles small appliances designed for residential use only and powered by batteries or plugged in to 12 Volt or 120 Volt power. Click to expand the categories below and see which products are accepted or click here for a PDF.
All electrical products should be returned in a clean state (i.e. no residual food left in them, no vacuum bags, etc.) and with batteries removed (if accessible).
Have a question about ElectroRecycle? Need more info on finding a drop-off location? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for these answers and more. If you don't see your question here, email us directly through our Ask ElectroRecycle button or check out our helpful list of what to know before heading to a drop-off location.
ElectroRecycle is a province-wide electrical products recycling program in B.C. It's the first of its kind in Canada, and the only government-approved small appliance and power tool recycling program in the province. ElectroRecycle gives British Columbians a convenient recycling option for the more than two million electrical products sent to landfills each year.
The Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) manages ElectroRecycle. CESA is a non-profit industry association comprised of manufacturers and retailers of electrical products.
CESA had developed and implemented ElectroRecycle, the Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program, for its members in British Columbia to meet a recycling mandate from the provincial Ministry of the Environment. CESA has partnered with B.C.-based Product Care Association to set up and operate ElectroRecycle throughout the province.
Before ElectroRecycle existed, most electrical appliances in British Columbia ended up in landfills. In fact, over two million electrical products are land-filled each year.
ElectroRecycle, the Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program, provides an environmentally responsible alternative for recycling these products. Recycling will help British Columbians reduce pollution, save energy, and protect our environment.
Recycling electrical products will help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, ensuring potentially hazardous materials are kept out of our environment. It can also help save energy. For example, it takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Recycled steel uses 74% less energy, while recycled glass takes 30% less energy.
After you bring your electrical products to an ElectroRecycle drop-off location, it will be transported to a recycler for processing and broken down into its different parts. The resulting materials, including plastic, glass, metal, and aluminum, are then recycled as much as possible. For example, metals will be smelted down and recycled into other metal products. Plastics and glass will be sorted and sold where possible, or reused in different manufacturing processes. We'll continue to work with recyclers to maximize the amount of materials that can be recycled.
Although most electrical products do not contain significant amounts of hazardous materials, some older appliances like irons and oil-filled heaters may still contain oil and mercury. Hazardous materials will be removed from these products and responsibly managed.
ElectroRecycle is a non-profit program funded by a recycling fee applied to new electrical products such as small appliances, power tools, and exercise machines brought into B.C. by small appliance manufacturers and retailers.
The fee was introduced October 1st, 2011 to cover all program costs, including the collection, transportation and recycling of the collected material, as well as program administration. Manufacturers or retailers may choose to build the recycling fee into the product's price, or display it as a separate charge at the time of sale.
The program is operated on a long-term cost-recovery basis and all fees collected stay within the program. The program is designed so the cost of managing one category is not subsidized by fees paid in another category. You can find a full list of recycling fees by product category here.
The recycling fee covers all program costs, including the collection, transportation and recycling of electrical products.
All collected fees stay in ElectroRecycle. It allows CESA to operate an effective recycling program that gives British Columbians an environmentally responsible alternative for the more than two million old and broken electrical products sent to landfills every year. Click here for more info.
Recycling fees were determined by CESA based on industry-best practices and other factors including:
- Total product weight per category
- Costs of program administration/span>
- The cost of collecting and recycling a particular product
- Product sales and forecasts
The program is designed so the cost of managing one category is not subsidized by the fees paid by another category. Fees will be reviewed during the first two years of program operation and will be re-adjusted if necessary.
ElectroRecycle is operated through a system of accessible drop-off collection sites across British Columbia. Having a curbside collection program for electrical products would significantly increase program costs.
Unlike ElectroRecycle, Blue Box and other curbside recycling programs are paid for, managed by local governments and generally do not include electrical products. Many electrical products are also too large for Blue Boxes or too fragile to be handled by the curbside system.
No. The recycling fee is not a government tax. It is not collected or managed by the government, and the government does not track or report on it.
Recycling fees are not new; they are a long-standing part of B.C.'s highly effective industry-managed recycling system. Almost all of B.C.'s recycling programs are funded by a recycling fee.
The recycling fee is not a deposit, so you won't get a refund when you recycle an electrical product. However, there is no charge to drop-off your electrical products at any ElectroRecycle drop-off location.
No. ElectroRecycle is a non-profit program and every dollar collected is used to cover program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling. Recycling electrical products in an environmentally responsible way comes with a significant cost, which is only partially offset by the revenue from salvaged materials such as metals.
Products with built-in batteries that can't be removed are accepted at ElectroRecycle depots.
If batteries are easily accessible, remove them from the electrical product before dropping it off. Batteries can be returned to the Call2Recycle program.
Parts and accessories for any electrical product included in the program can be recycled. To avoid injury from old or broken electrical products, handle glass components with care and try to store and transport appliances in original packaging to help prevent breakage.
If an electrical product is still functional and is in relatively good condition, consider trying to find it a second home before dropping it off for recycling. Possible avenues include family members, friends, neighbours, a garage sale, thrift stores, charities, or classifieds sites such as Craigslist, Kijiji, Freecycle, or the Recycling Council of B.C.'s reuse sites.
Not all small appliances sold for reuse are in proper working order. We encourage you to maintain your products at peak performance and safety by having them repaired at an authorized service centre. Try an internet, telephone directory or Yellow Pages search of your electrical product brand to find the closest service centre location or a proper repair facility. Remember to check your warranty to make sure it is not invalidated by using an unauthorized repair facility.
If you don't see your question here, just email us directly through our Ask ElectroRecycle button on the left and we'll make sure to get back to you. You can also call the Recycling Council of B.C.'s Recycling Hotline at (604) 732-9253 in the Lower Mainland or 1-800-667-4321 throughout the rest of B.C.
ElectroRecycle is a non-profit program funded by a recycling fee applied to new electrical products brought into B.C. by manufacturers and retailers. The fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling expenses. The recycling fee may be included in a product's price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out. Click here for a PDF.
Kitchen Countertop - Motorized (e.g. Blender)
Kitchen Countertop - Heating (e.g. Toaster)
Kitchen Countertop - Heating -Coffee/Tea (e.g. Coffee Maker)
Large Countertop Microwave (1 cubic foot or larger)
Small Countertop Microwave (Less than 1 cubic foot)
Time Measurement (e.g. Clock)
Weight Measurement (e.g. Bathroom Scale)
Garment Care (e.g. Iron)
Air Treatment (e.g. Air Purifier)
Desk and Tabletop Fans
Personal Care (e.g. Hair Dryer)
Large Floor Cleaning (e.g. Carpet Cleaner)
Small Floor Cleaning (e.g. Handheld Vacuum)
Designated Very Small Items (e.g. Electric Air Freshener)
Power Tools -Test and Measurement Tools (e.g. Laser level)
Power Tools - Hand-Held (e.g. Hand-Held Drill)
Power Tools- Free-Standing/Bench-Top (e.g. Table saw)
Sewing and Textile (e.g. Sewing machine)
Exercise Machines (e.g. Treadmill)
Leisure, Arts & Crafts Devices (e.g. Electric binoculars)
Very Small Items (e.g. Air Freshener , Stud finder)