The ElectroRecycle Mail-in Recycler

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This is the greatest thing to happen to recycling since the addition of the other R’s. If you live in Invermere, BC, you’ll be receiving your very own ElectroRecycle Mail-in Recycler in your mailbox. This is the easiest way to recycle your broken small appliances and power tools. It’s simple to use and it’s free. Inside the envelope, you’ll find your Mail-in Recycler, a convenient little bag ready to be filled with very small broken electrical items such as electric toothbrushes, beard trimmers or mini electric fans. We want to ensure that even your smallest broken electrical items do not end up in a landfill.

Here’s how the Mail-in Recycler works:

The process is simple!  Check this out step by step:

  1. Check your mailbox to find your small item mail-in package. When you receive your package, open the envelope and take out the mail-back bag and the instruction sheet.
  2. Fill the mail-back plastic bag with any broken small electrical item(s) from our accepted products list (the bag may weigh up to 2 kg, and must be properly sealed)
  3. Drop off the sealed bag containing your broken small appliances at the nearest Canada Post Office or Canada Post Box. The postage is prepaid, so it’s free to mail.
  4. Give yourself a high-five because you just recycled your broken small electrical items!

ElectroRecycle Main-In Recycler step by step

Here is a “how to” video to provide you with a complete step-by-step guide to recycling with the ElectroRecycle Mail-in Recycler:

What are some of the accepted items you can put in your Mail-in Recycler?

  • Electric toothbrush
  • Electric razor
  • Beard trimmer
  • Mini electric fan
  • Handheld milk frother
  • Stud finder
  • Small food scale
  • Glue gun for crafts
  • Laser level
  • Electric meter (e.g. voltage, circuit, humidity testers)
  • Digital tire gauge
  • Soldering iron for crafts
  • Electric/digital measuring tape
  • Mini scent diffuser

The origin story of the Mail-in Recycler

These little electrical items are the forgotten recyclables. As they are so small, they are generally viewed as non-recyclable since they fit so easily into a garbage bin. However the ElectroRecycle program collects and recycles thousands of these very small items at recycling depots around the province each year, and that adds up fast! ElectroRecycle has designed the Mail-in Recycler to highlight how important it is that British Columbians don’t forget about even the tiniest of electrical appliances.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Canada and is kicking off in the beautiful town of Invermere, BC. ElectroRecycle has hosted collection events and school workshops in Invermere throughout the past few years, so we know that the community is full of dedicated recyclers. With the Mail-in Recycler, the community of Invermere can recycle the smallest of the small electrical products simply by placing them in the mail.

Thank you to everyone who participates in the Mail-in Recycler pilot program. We are excited to see how many small items we collect and keep out of landfill, and hope that we will be able to continue this initiative in other small communities around the province.

For any questions, please email

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