A new program allows B.C. residents to recycle used or broken electronic toys at more than 50 drop-off locations throughout the province.
The Electronic Toy Recycling program will target the eventual diversion of approximately two million electronic toys previously destined for the landfill, helping to reduce pollution, save energy and protect the environment, according to a press release.
The program accepts thousands of electronic toys designed for children, ranging in size from small consumer electronic toy giveaways to large ride-on battery powered toys. Examples of accepted electronic toys are:
. Plush textile toys with electronics powered by batteries or plugs
. Hard plastic toys with electronics powered by batteries or plugs
. Remote control vehicles with electronics powered by batteries or plugs
. Ride-on vehicles with electronics powered by batteries or plugs
Advanced gaming devices, both handhelds and consoles that are designed to be used with televisions and computers, will be managed by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA BC). Visit www.return-it.ca/electronics for more information on recycling advanced gaming devices.
Introduced by the Canadian Brandowners Residual Stewardship Organization (CBRSC), Electronic Toy Recycling is the first program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved program of its kind in B.C.
"This is a welcome addition to B.C.'s industry-managed and funded recycling programs," said Brock Macdonald, CEO of the Recycling Council of B.C., adding that the program will "reduce waste management costs for local governments throughout the province."
For depot information, call the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253.