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Telephones and Answering Machines

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Telephones and Answering Machines

Telephones and answering machines 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 With fast-paced technology improvements and updates, however, electronics also become out of date much more quickly than other appliances.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 phone or answering machine?  Perhaps you don't need one in every room?  It might be better to stay with your current phone if it meets your needs.  If you do indeed need to get a new one, consider paying a little extra to help ensure it's built to last.

Reuse

Consider donating your unwanted phones and answering machines to second hand stores or thirift stores, but only if they are truly in good working condition.  Be sure to erase your messages before you bring them in.

Recycle

Telephones (non-cellular) and answering machines 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.  Items included are corded, cordless, VoIP and sattelite phones; all system components including periphals, cords and wiring; cassette and digital answering machines and answering systems integrated into non-cellular telephones.
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

  • 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

  • Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot

    Carnarvon Park
    Victoria

  • 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

    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.

    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.