As of July 1st, 2012, British Columbians can recycle their used or broken electronic toys at over 50 convenient drop-off locations, including the Golden Bottle Depot, through a new and unique program for Electronic Toy Recycling.
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.
Introduced by the Canadian Brandowners Residual Stewardship Organization (CBRSC), Electronic Toy Recycling is the first electronic toy recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved electronic toy recycling program in B.C. The program will accept electronic toys for recycling, ranging from small electronic toy giveaways to large ride-on electrically powered toys.
“This is a welcome addition to B.C.’s industry-managed and funded recycling programs,” says Brock Macdonald, CEO, Recycling Council of British Columbia. “By diverting electronic toys from municipal waste streams, Electronic Toy Recycling will recover valuable resources, promote conservation and reduce waste management costs for local governments throughout the province.”
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 plastics 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
-Hand-held game devises with electronics powered by batteries or plugs
-Gaming devises with PC/TV with electronics powered by batteries or plugs.
After an electronic toy is brought to a drop-off location, it will be transported to Genesis Recycling, a local processor in Langley, BC and separated into different materials which are then recycled. Metals will be smelted down and recycled into other metal products, while plastics will be sorted and sold or reused in various manufacturing processes. All batteries will be recycled with a cooperate agreement between Electronic Toy program and the Call2Recycle battery recycling program. All electronics will be managed by rigorous R2/e-Stewards certified standards.