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Green Living Places to Recycle Things in Vancouver

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by milquetoast, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    A lot of them time I find that it's not the easiest thing to find out how to properly dispose of or recycle items like electronics, light bulbs, batteries, etc. So let's share this info.

    I know that London Drugs takes in a surprisingly large array of objects that they take in for recycling.


    They take the following items for free:

    * AC Adapters
    * Battery chargers
    * Circuit boards - Video card, Sound card, Mother board, etc.
    * Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb
    * CPU's
    * External & Internal drives
    * Fluorescent Light (FL) Tube
    * Laptops & Tablets
    * Media storages - CD, DVD, Floppy Disk, Tape cassette
    * Mice, Keyboards
    * Monitors
    * Networking devices - modems, routers, hubs, switches, etc.
    * Power supplies
    * Printers
    * Scanners
    * Servers
    * TV's

    They charge a recycling fee for the items below, but they will waive it if you bought the item at London Drugs and still have the receipt.

    Fee of $4:
    * Binoculars and telescopes
    * Calculators
    * Camcorders
    * Car stereos/decks
    * Clock radios
    * Digital cameras
    * Digital frames
    * Film cameras
    * Phones - corded and cordless
    * Speakers - mini, medium, tower and sub-woofers
    * Two way radios

    Fee of $5:
    * Audio components - amplifier, tuner, CD player, receiver
    * Coffee Grinders
    * Curling Irons
    * Gaming systems - Atari, Playstation 1, Nintendo Cube, etc.
    * Hair dryers
    * Hand Mixers
    * Irons
    * Mini stereo systems
    * Video components - VCR and DVD players/recorders.

    Fee of $6:
    * Battery backups
    * Blenders
    * Coffee Makers
    * Foot Spa's
    * Hand Held Vacuums
    * House Hold Fans
    * Humidifiers - Small
    * Toasters 2 & 4 Slice

    Fee of $10:
    * Bread makers
    * Carpet Cleaners
    * Digital Projectors
    * Food Processors
    * Humidifiers -Large
    * Microwave
    * Stand Mixers
    * Toaster Ovens
    * Vacuums

    Fee of $45:
    * Refrigerators and Freezers size 9.0 cu ft or less
    * Air Conditioners size 12,000 BTU or less

    More info on the program: http://www.greendeal.ca/earthday/index.html
  2. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member


    Tons of Encorp Pacific locations accept electronics, won't bother trying to list them all because you can search them here: http://www.encorp.ca/cfm/index.cfm?It=902&Id=1&Lo=300,17&Se=40&Sv=depot

    Depending on where you live though, it might just be easier to drop by London Drugs.

    The following items are accepted at the Encorp Pacific Recycling centers free of charge:

    Computer Towers
    Desktop Servers
    Computer Related Cables
    Computer with Built-in Monitors
    Thin Clients
    Laptop / Notebook / Netbook Computers
    Tablet Computers
    Desktop Inkjet Printers - personal sized only, no large commercial or industrial units
    Desktop Laser Printers - personal sized only, no large commercial or industrial units
    Dot Matrix Printers - personal sized only, no large commercial or industrial units
    Desktop Printer Combinations
    Fax Machines
    Photo Printers
    Label/Card Printers
    CRT Monitors
    LCD Monitors
    Plasma Monitors
    CRT Televisions
    LCD and Plasma Televisions
    Combination TV/VCR
    Closed Circuit Monitors
    Combination PC/TV Displays

    The following is NOT accepted: <-- Some of these items are taken by London Drugs, either free or for a fee (eg: media, CDs, video game systems)

    Computer Monitors with Broken Screens
    Electronics that are heavily damaged
    Cash Registers
    Rack Mounted or Floor Standing Servers
    External Routers and Modems
    Medical Equipment - ECGs, X-ray machines, etc.
    Video Game Systems - Nintendo, Playstation, etc.
    Cameras, video cameras, and webcams
    Multimedia Projectors
    Personal Organizers - Examples include Palm Pilots, PDA, etc.
    Other Handheld Electronics - Blackberrys, Gameboys, etc.
    Commercial and Industrial Printers
    Receipt Printers
    Portable DVD Players
    Automotive Displays
    VCR, DVD, Laser Disk and BETA Players
    Refrigerators with Built-in TVs
    Batteries - no loose batteries (i.e. cell phone or laptop batteries) are accepted
    Disks, Tapes, CDs and Cartridges - includes all software as well as any related cases and racks/holders <-- Recycled free at London Drugs
    Loose Printer Cartridges - includes both inkjet and laser/toner cartridges <-- I usually drop them off at Staples/Office Depot... LD might take them too, don't remember.
    Electronics Manuals - includes all papers and documents related to electronics
    Cell Phones, Pagers and Beepers, includes the batteries, headsets and walkie-talkies
    Stereos - includes all CD, tape and record players
    Home/Car Audio Speakers and supplementary audio equipment and cables
    Walkmen, Discmen and Digital Music (MP3) Players
    Home Appliances - microwaves, toasters, etc.
    Cable Boxes and Satellite Receivers

    Broken / Smashed Electronics, including bare television tubes are not accepted by Encorp Pacific because they are considered hazardous materials.

    In the lower mainland of B.C., there are two locations which can now accept “broken” televisions and computer screens.

    * Ralph’s On Mitchell: 12011 Mitchell Road, Richmond, BC
    * Ralph's Scott Road Japanese: 10535 - 120th Street, Surrey, BC

    More information: http://www.encorp.ca/cfm/index.cfm?It=939&Id=4&Se=40
  3. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Plastic Bags - Safeway and London Drugs take them for recycling.

    Styrofoam & Cardboard Packaging - London Drugs

    Alkaline Batteries - London Drugs takes them, I know Best Buy and Futureshop used to, but not sure if they still do.
  4. Mizdeville

    Mizdeville New Member

    Hello....I just wanted to let you know I called the London Drugs on Davie/Cardero street in Vancouver and unless I was buying another TV or printer they would charge me to recycle my small 15" TV/VCR and printer that I actually purchased there but lost the receipt. I think they wanted $8 for the TV and $6 for the printer.

    I think I'll drive a bit more (Maybe $5 in gas) and go to the Recycle Depot for FREE!

    Just thought I would let everyone know it wasn't free for those items.
  5. Gus DeGus

    Gus DeGus Guest

    Thanks for posting. I was a bit skeptical that good old London Drugs would do that...for free??? Also, I can't believe how difficult it is to recycle electronic goods as well.
  6. Henry

    Henry Junior Member



    Free Geek Vancouver is located on 1820 Pandora Street.
    Phone: 604-879-GEEK (4335)
    Email: info@freegeekvancouver.org

    Hours of Operation


    They Accept:
    • Computers - working or non-working
    • CRT & LCD Monitors *
    • Parts of computers
    • Laptops (please attach the laptop power supply with masking tape/rubber bands if possible)
    • Printers
    • Scanners
    • Keyboards and Mice
    • Fax Machines
    • Modems, routers, switches
    • Motherboards and accessory cards
    • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
    • Computer cables
    • Cell Phones
    • Game Consoles, Cartridges and Accessories (Atari, Nintendo, Sega, etc)
    • Power bars, extension cords, phone cords, etc
    • CDs and DVDs
    • CPU/CRT combos (like iMacs)
    Pick ups are also available(at a price) - More information on the website link listed above
    Corporate Pick-up Service

    • Regular Fees: $50.00 per pick up; $2.00 per monitor after the first 5
    • Non-Profit Fees: $25.00 per pick up; $1.00 per monitor after the first 5
    • Fees for very large or palleted pick-ups are calculated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for details.
  7. droid

    droid Junior Member

    Why would any one pay money to throw something away?

    $4 to throw away telescope? What's stopping people from putting it in the public trash bin?
  8. elsie

    elsie Guest

    Is there anyplace BESIDES London Drugs that will recycle VHS tapes? We went there today with 3 boxes of tapes and were told they can only take a small bag at a time. I phoned the Waste Management Station in N. Van and was told only London Drugs will take VHS tapes, and that they will take no more than 16 tapes at once (I guess that's how many fit into a bag...). HELP!
  9. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

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