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Radios

Radios

Most radios are comprised of a plastic or metal casing, which houses a printed circuit board, metals such as copper, lead and aluminium, as well as materials such as solder, epoxy and porcelain. Radios come in a large variety of shapes and sizes and can be built small enough to fit in a cell phone or large enough to form part of a stereo system. Analogue radios are slowly being replaced by digital radios, which use larger amounts of energy to operate and contain greater amounts of environmentally hazardous metals. Digital radios form part of what is known as e-waste. 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste is disposed of annually worldwide, putting heavy metals and chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic into landfills, which can contaminate soil and groundwater.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Consider having one well made radio that you move from room to room as you require it.  If you have a computer with speakers you can also listen to the radio from your computer.

Reuse

Donate your old, working radios to a charity.  Offer it for free through Craigslist or UsedVictoria

Recycle

Radios 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

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Phones, answering machines and other electronic waste can contain dangerous heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFR) and PVC.  You might have noticed the smell of offgassing from new phones.  That’s a large hazard for such a small package.