Coming soon to a mail box near you!
This is the greatest thing to happen to recycling since the addition of the other two R’s.
If you live in Invermere, BC, you’ll soon be receiving your very own Mail-in Recycler in your mail box. This is the easiest way to recycle your broken small appliances. 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 and mini electric fans.
The process is simple! Fill the bag with any accepted small electrical appliances (see below for a complete list) and drop it off at your nearest Canada Post Office or post box. The bag has prepaid postage on it and is ready to be mailed. Once we receive your Mail-in Recycler, your items will be recycled responsibly through our licensed processors. The Mail-in Recycler ensures that even your smallest broken electrical items do not end up in a landfill.
Here’s how the Mail-in Recycler works:
- Check your mail box 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Give yourself a high-five because you just recycled your broken small electrical items!
Here is a “how to” video to provide you with a complete step-by-step guide to recycling with the Mail-in Recycler:
List of accepted products that 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.
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