It's Just That Easy To Be GREEN!August 19th 2010
If you look around your home, we’re sure you can find several items that you’d like to upgrade, but you may have no idea where to take the old items to ensure they are disposed of properly. A few of these items are: old thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and batteries.
Please keep in mind that recycling programs are constantly expanding. A specific program may not currently be available in your area.
LightRecycle – Compact Fluroescent Lights
As of July 1st BC residents will be able to drop off their burnt-out household fluorescent lights and tubes at LightRecycle drop-off locations across BC.
Compact fluorescents (or “CFLs”) are energy-efficient lights commonly recognized by their spiral or twist shape; but they can also be shaped as loops, or covered by a bulb-shaped glass cover.
What products are accepted by the LightRecycle program?
Residential use fluorescent tube lights and compact fluorescents (“CFLs”) are accepted by the program. Fluorescent lights and tubes can be identified by the marking for mercury (Hg) on the base of the bulb.
Where do I take my burnt out fluorescents?
You can take your CFLs to London Drugs, some Canadian Tire Locations, and some Home Hardware Locations. To find the drop-off location nearest you visit www.lightrecycle.ca
SWITCH THE STAT – Thermostat Collection Program
As of July 1st the ‘Switch the Stat’ became fully operational in British Columbia and Ontario.
Switch the 'Statis a thermostat replacement and collection program delivered in partnership with heating and cooling contractors/wholesalers in Ontario and British Columbia.
The goal of this program is to encourage the uptake of more energy efficient programmable thermostats and to provide a safe and responsible disposal option for older mercury-containing thermostats. The rapid increase in programmable thermostat installations for residential energy savings has meant that an increased number of older mercury-containing thermostats are being disposed of in household waste and ending up in landfills.
An older thermostat can contain approximately 2.5-10 grams of mercury and it only takes one gram of mercury to contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point where the fish in that lake are inedible for a full year. Mercury is especially a concern to young children and women of child-bearing age because it can inhibit the development of the brain and nervous system. The program is currently supported by thermostat manufactures Honeywell, Emerson/White Rodgers and Johnson Controls.
Once collection kits are full, Purolator Courier picks them up and delivers them to Aevitas in Ayr, Ontario. At Aevitas, the thermostats are dismantled, plastics and metals are recycled, the glass mercury bulbs are safely removed, and the collected mercury is safely stored.
If you would like to have your old thermostat replaced or if you would like to drop off your mercury-containing thermostat to make sure it’s disposed of responsibly visit www.switchthestat.ca
Citizens across Canada have been able to drop-off their rechargeable batteries for some time to be recycled, however British Columbians may now recycle any household battery, including single use alkaline batteries at nearly 1,500 collection locations across the province.
Call2Recycle® has collected more than 143,000 kilograms of rechargeable batteries in British Columbia since 1997, and the program was recently chosen as the first government-mandated collection program for all household batteries – including alkaline – by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.
To find a battery drop-off location near you or to learn how your company or organization can participate in the Call2Recycle program, visit www.call2recycle.ca or call 1-888-224-9764.