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General · 17th November 2011
Deb Cowper
Did you know more than 2,000,000 small appliances end up in B.C. landfills every year?

I came across the Unplugged recycling program that I thought Gumboot readers may be interested in. Information is taken from their website: From The recycling depot in Campbell River is a participant.

Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program gives British Columbians a new and convenient recycling option for these products.

Starting October 1st, recycle your old and broken small appliances at one of over 100 Unplugged recycling drop-off locations across the province and help reduce pollution, save energy, and protect our environment.

Unplugged is the first small appliance recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved small appliance recycling program in B.C. It accepts more than 120 small appliances, ranging in size from toasters and electric toothbrushes to countertop microwaves and vacuum cleaners.

Unplugged is a non-profit program funded by a recycling fee applied to new small appliances brought into B.C. by manufacturers and retailers. The recycling fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling, and may be included in a product’s price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out.

Environmental Benefits

Industry-managed recycling programs like Unplugged provide extensive benefits to B.C.'s environment:

The majority of materials used to make small appliances, including plastic, glass, metal and aluminum, will be recycled through Unplugged
Recycling small appliances will help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, ensuring potentially hazardous materials are kept 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.