RECYCLE your old electronic toys

Here is a way to give those old electronic toys new life. Don’t toss them, recycle them!

What if you could clear out some clutter as part of your Earth Day activities?  What if your children could help green the environment at the same time?

Let’s face it: your kids probably have electronic toys that are obsolete, broken or otherwise relegated to the back of the closet or the bottom of the toy basket. Unearth those forgotten toys that you’ll fix “some day”.

Now there is a way to give those old electronic toys new life. Don’t toss them, recycle them!

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to offer free, safe recycling for all kinds of electronic toys, from talking stuffies to remote control vehicles to gaming devices.

• Plush textiles with electronics, including dolls and stuffies

• Metal or hard plastic toys with electronics

• Remote control vehicles

• Ride on vehicles

• Hand-held game devices

• Gaming devices with PC/TV

• Electronic promotional items, like those sold with meals

Every electronic toy is carefully dismantled in the recycling process, and all of its components are sorted and made into a wide variety of new items. Every bit of a toy that can be recycled – from plastics to circuit boards to various metals – is turned into something new and useful.  Even old batteries never die, they too will be recycled.

The news gets better! From April 19th to May 5th you will be able to recycle electronic toys at the Riverside Recreation Centre, 148 Old Hedley Road.

After this collection event you can call the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667 4321 to find the collection depot nearest your community.

You can also check the Depot Finder at www.cbrsc.ca. CBRSC is the Canadian Brandowners Residuals Stewardship Corporation, which is working with the Canadian Toy Association to recycle electronic toys across BC.

So, ask the kids to clean out their closets and have an even happier Earth Day!

Electronic Toy Recycling – Pamela Nel, 778-255-1498, pdnel@genesisrecycing.ca

Local Event – Riverside Community Centre – 250-295-6067