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Cameras

Cameras
Cameras are an integral part of life for most of us. With fast-paced technology improvements and updates, however, electronics also become out of date much more quickly than other appliances. Currently, Canadians toss more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste into landfills each year.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Do you really need the latest and greatest camera?   It might be better to stay with your current camera if it meets your needs.  Make sure you will use all the fancy functions on a new camera before you consider upgrading your camera. 

Reuse

Donate your old, working cameras to a charity, community group, school or church. Offer it for free through Craigslist or UsedVictoria.  Be sure to delete your photos.

Recycle

Cameras are now part of the Product Stewardship program for electronic waste.  They can be taken to a number of drop-off locations throughout the CRD for free for recycling - you've already paid for this service with an environmental handling fee (EHF) when you bought it.

Facilities

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Galiano Recycling Depot

    220 Sturdies Bay Road
    Galiano Island
    250.539.5769

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Salvation Army - Brentwood

    7177 West Saanich Rd
    Brentwood Bay
    250.652.4622

  • Salvation Army - Cedar Hill Cross

    1551 Cedar Hill Cross Road
    Victoria BC
    250.382.3714

  • Salvation Army - Hillside

    990 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.380.7717

  • Salvation Army - Vanalman

    765 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.2293

  • Salvation Army - Victoria

    525 Johnson Street
    Victoria
    250.384.3755

  • Salvation Army - View Royal

    307 Island Highway
    Victoria
    250.708.0520

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    As we consider the digital camera revolution that has taken place over the last decade, most people think about it in terms of enhanced benefits for consumers. We can take a lot more pictures at much lower cost with digital cameras versus film cameras. We can also more easily manipulate and share those photos since they're all in the digital realm.

    But one thing many people don't think about actually deserves mention as potentially the most profound effect of the digital camera revolution: how digital cameras greatly reduce the destructive impact on the environment compared to film cameras.

    At first, you might think, "How can that be? My film camera didn't harm the environment!" Even though it wasn't your camera that harmed the environment, your film processing did indeed harm it. Any time you take your pictures to a photo processing center, that film is run through batches of chemicals. These chemicals are environmental hazards, and once they are used to process film, those chemicals must be discarded. These chemicals include both developer solutions and fixer solutions.  Printed photographs cannot be recycled.

    The upsurge in digital camera use is having a positive environmental impact. With digital photography, we no longer need to use all of those chemical solutions for developing photographs.