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Toys (Electronic and Electrical only)

electronics, toys, remote control vehicles, gaming devices
Toys (Electronic and Electrical only)
Canadians have been tossing more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste into landfills each year, most of which contain heavy metals, flame retardants and other hazardous materials. Go with a green solution; they can now be recycled instead through the Electronic Toy Stewardship Program for British Columbia.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Do you really need all the latest and greatest electronic toys?  A lot of creative fun can be had for free with a big empty cardboard appliance box; windows and doors can be drawn on by the kids and cut out with adult help.  Consider buying used electronic toys, rather than new ones.  Better still, go outside and play.  Climb a tree, ride a bike or go down to the sea.  Take your kids to one of the many fabulous playgrounds and parks we have in the CRD.
Choose an electronic toy company with an excellent environmental record, including recyclable parts and no or few hazardous materials.  Look for products made from recycled materials and with less packaging.  Purchase multi-use products to cut back on your overall number of electronics.

Reuse

Consider donating your working, clean electronic toys to community groups helping single or low income parents.  Look for used electronic toys and offer yours for sale or give away on Craigslist, Used Victoria or Kijiji.

Recycle

On July 1, 2012, the Canadian Toy Association in partnership with the Canadian Brandowner Residuals Stewardship Corporation (CBRSC) began recycling electronic toys (designed for children age 14 and younger) across British Columbia.  Have a look at their Frequently Asked Questions.  Go to their depot locator to find the recycling center nearest to you.
What happens to your old electronic toys?  Go to the FAQ and scroll down for details.

Accepted Toy Products:
Plush Textiles with Electronics – electronic dolls and stuffed animals
Metal or Hard Plastic Toys with Electronics
Remote Control Vehicles
Ride On Vehicles
Hand Held Game Devices
Gaming Devices with PC /TV (For kids younger than 14 years of age)*
Electronic Toy Promotional Items – like those sold with meals or other items marketed to children

Many electronic products not accepted in the electronic toy program are covered by the Return-It Electronics recycling program.  While the Electronic Toy Recycling program was developed for electronic toys designed for children 14 years old or younger, this program and Return-It Electronics will cooperate so that all electronic toys are recycled.

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

  • 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

  • The Environmental Story

    The Electronic Toy Recycling program will help divert the approximately two million electronic toys that are currently being landfilled. The plastic, glass, metal, and aluminum will be recycled helping to reduce pollution, save energy, and keep hazardous materials out of the environment.  Municipalities will spend less on waste transportation, landfilling and incineration.  Electronic toys 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.

    Did You Know?

    Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined by Richard Louv that recognizes the consequences of our children spending too much time indoors playing with electronic devices and not enough time playing outside connecting with nature. Nature Deficit Disorder can show up as attention problems, developmental and learning problems, obesity, anxiety, depression and repetitive motion and eye strain.  The more connected we are to nature, the healthier we are and the more likely we are to work to protect the environment.
    There are some great Nature Deficit Disorder fact and tips on Education.com including ideas for getting our children and teenagers unplugged and outside