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Computers, Monitors

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Computers, Monitors
Computers, monitors, printers, scanners, mice and keyboards are an integral part of life for many people. With fast-paced technology improvements and updates, however, computers and electronics also become out of date much more quickly than other appliances.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. Wondering what to do with your Commodore 64? Go with a green solution.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Make your old computer last longer by keeping up with product updates and/or bringing it in for refurbishment. Do you really need that new laptop this year? Repair or replace parts rather than an entire system. Consider buying a refurbished computer rather than a new one.

Choose a computer company with an excellent environmental record, including recyclable parts, few hazardous materials and a take back program for old machines. Look for products made from recycled materials, with less packaging and high EnergyStar ratings. Consider using open source software, to reduce the pressures of planned obsolescence and software updates. Purchase multi-use products to cut back on your overall number of electronics.

Reuse

Contribute your unwanted machine to a computer recycler or charity.

Recycle

Computers and most other electronic items are part of a Product Stewardship program which means they can be taken to a number of facilities for recycling for free.  You’ve already paid for this service with an environmental handling fee (EHF) at purchase.  See the list of facilities below.  Don’t forget to wipe the hard drive clean of files first.  Asset Investment Recovery offers secure hard drive and other electronic media destruction.

Stay with a reputable organization such as Encorp Return-It, and stay away from any recycler you haven’t researched. This will help to ensure computers do not become ‘e-waste,’ in developing countries, where they are burned or dumped, often under appalling environmental and health conditions.

What happens to my old machine?

Ideally, reused computers support non-profits, educational institutions and those without funding for electronics. Recycled computers are either incinerated or broken down into component parts, with plastics, metals and glass separated out and reused. In Canada, hazardous materials are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, protecting human health and groundwater and soils from contamination.

Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program.  If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Beacon Community Services Thrift Shop (Thrift Shop on Fourth)

    9760 Fourth Street
    Victoria
    250.656.6828

  • 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

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • 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

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island
    250.539.3383

  • Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot

    Carnarvon Park
    Victoria

  • reFUSE

    304 John St
    Victoria
    250.381.6007

  • 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

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle

    1625 Bank Street
    Victoria
    250.595.2685

  • The Environmental Story

    Many computers, monitors and cables can contain dangerous heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFR) and PVC. Models made before 2006 can contain lead, cadmium, chromium and hazardous flame retardants. That’s a large hazard for such a small package.

    Did You Know?

    E Stewards

    The Basel Action Network is an organization dedicated to upholding the Basel Convention, which bans the export of hazardous waste to developing countries. BAN has developed an independently accredited list of e-Stewards, leading North American electronics recyclers who uphold the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. By using an e-Steward, you can be assured your computer parts are being recycled in a responsible manner.

    Links:

    Product Stewardship 
    Encorp 
    Electronic Product Stewardship Canada