Small electrical appliances can now be taken back to many local depots for recycling.

Small appliances now taxed for recycling

Items from toasters to electric toothbrushes can now be returned to depots

Small electrical appliances from toasters to electric toothbrushes can now be returned for recycling to depots across the region.

And the service means buyers of new electrical goods are now paying an extra eco-fee to subsidize the costs of collection, transportation and recycling.

A large microwave oven will now cost $10 more, while an extra $2.25 recycling fee is now added to the price of new toasters and blenders.

See unpluggedrecycling.ca for a full list of fees, accepted products and depot locations or call 1-800-667-4321.

Organizers of the Unplugged program predict it will divert two million small appliances from landfills.

It’s the latest in a growing set of takeback programs in B.C. where manufacturers and retailers are required by the province to set up depots to collect and recycle old items, while consumers pay recycling fees to cover the costs.

A dozen similar product stewardship programs cover items like electronics, tires and batteries.

Another program to take back dead smoke alarms has also launched, funded by a $1.20 recycling fee on new alarms. See alarmrecycle.ca for details.

Just Posted

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

PHOTOS: Canada Cup action continues at Softball City

The Futures Gold final is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Softball City’s diamond No. 1

White Rock senior breaks wrist after tripping on gravel patch

74-year-old woman, who fell at the corner of Fir and Russell, says no one stopped to help

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

VIDEO: Critter Care opens its doors

Thousands attend open house at Lower Mainland wildlife rehabilitation centre

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read