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A mysterious item for recycling

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This weekend, the ElectroRecycle Summer Ambassadors hit the road to spread the word about electrical product recycling in the Okanagan. ElectroRecycle partners with recycling depots all over British Columbia. Along the way, they stopped at Planet Earth Recycling, one of the depots that accept electrical products for recycling. There, they met recycling superstar Paul, who showed them an unusual and mysterious electrical product that would come to be the star of their trip.

Sometimes, when thrift stores or charities aren’t able to sell or donate old electrical products, the items end up at the depots to be recycled. Paul assured the ambassadors that it was an item covered under ElectroRecycle’s program, but with over 400 items included within the scope of the program, it wasn’t clear what it was.

mysterious item to recycle

Finding out what it is…

It wasn’t until they did some more research that they finally uncovered the identity of the item. The strange brown box was actually a die-cutting and embossing machine from the early 2000s. It can cut paper and press designs into the cardstock. It’s pretty interesting to see it in action! The ambassadors liked the charming little box so much, they decided to name her Agnes and bring her on the road with them.

Our ambassadors had a lot of fun traveling with Agnes to the events they attended. She drew plenty of attention to the ElectroRecycle booth. Event attendees of all ages crowded around to guess what the unfamiliar recyclable was.

die-cutting and embossing machine from the early 2000s at the ElectroRecycle booth

It was tricky for people to figure out what Agnes was, but figuring out how to recycle craft machines and other electrical products doesn’t have to be! There are more than 200 locations available for you to drop off items to be recycled for free. For folks living in Kelowna or West Kelowna, where we picked up Agnes, your nearest depots are:

Take a look around your house and you might just find your own little mystery to solve! You can say hello to Agnes and our Summer Ambassadors all over BC this summer. Come find them to learn more about how to recycle small electrical products!

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