Please note that some recycling locations may be temporarily closed or have reduced hours due to COVID-19. If you’re planning to visit a recycling depot, we encourage you to contact them directly to confirm hours of operation and any safety precautions they may be asking customers to take at this time.

ElectroRecycle is Canada’s first and only small appliance and power tool recycling program

In British Columbia, ElectroRecycle accepts more than 400 types of small appliances and power tools for recycling at select depots, recycling centers, thrift stores, municipal facilities, retailers and community events. With more than 200 free drop-off locations province-wide, there’s one near you. Use our recycling locator to find your nearest location.

Things to know before recycling

What happens to the small appliances and power tools I drop off for recycling?

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Collect

Collect

ElectroRecycle collects broken small appliances and power tools at more than 200 collection sites in British Columbia.

Transport

Transport

The items collected are transported to processing facilities in Canada.

Recycle

Recycle

Small appliances and power tools are broken down into their component parts including glass, metal, plastic and precious metals.

Complete the Loop

Complete the Loop

Each individual material is sent for recycling and repurposed to create new items.

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Have something else that needs recycling?

Recycle electronics such as TVs, laptops and printers with EPRA

Recycle large appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners and water coolers with MARR

Recycle batteries with Call2Recycle

Recycle cell phones through Recycle My Cell

More recycling?

If you have other items to recycle, contact the RCBC recycling hotline

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What are EHFs?

As with most recycling programs, ElectroRecycle is funded by a small recycling fee applied to the sale of new electrical products such as small appliances, power tools, and exercise machines.

When you purchase any of the 400+ products we accept for recycling, you may see the fee added to your receipt or it may already be included in the price of the product.

  • It’s not a tax. It is collected by CESA’s members, then is remitted to CESA, not the government, to fund the recycling program. The recycling fee covers all program costs: collection, transportation, recycling and public education about the program.
  • It’s calculated by considering the expense to recycle a given item, weight, projected sales, and how much material is recyclable. That’s why different products have different fees. One item does not subsidize another.
  • It’s not a deposit. While there’s no cost to drop off that old vacuum to the depot, unlike returning bottles, you won’t get your fee returned. Neither CESA nor its members make a profit from these fees. In fact, as of October 1, 2018 fees on almost all of the 400+ products were reduced. Greater efficiencies in collection, transportation and processing are being reflected in lower fees for consumers.

EHF Table

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Product CategoryFee Per Unit Effective October 1st, 2018
Kitchen Countertop – Motorized Appliances$0.50
Kitchen Countertop – Heating Appliances$0.80
Kitchen Countertop – Heating Appliances (coffee/tea)$0.70
Microwave Ovens$5.00
Time Measurement & Display Devices$0.20
Weight Measurement$0.30
Garment Care Appliances$0.60
Air Treatment Appliances$0.95
Personal Care Appliances$0.25
Full-size Floor Cleaning Appliances$2.50
Smaller Floor/Surface Cleaning Appliances$0.50
Test and Measurement Tools$0.35
Hand-held Power Tools$0.55
Bench-top, Demolition, Free-Standing Power Tools$1.20
Sewing / Textile Machines$2.75
Exercise Machines$1.85
Sports, Leisure, Arts, Crafts, Hobby Devices$0.75
Designated Very Small Items$0.20