Tires should be taken to the landfill for recycling. Fines for leaving tires outside the compactor are far greater than the small fee for recycling.
BC Stewardship Programs
In British Columbia, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (formerly referred to as Industry Product Stewardship) is an environmental policy approach in which the producer's responsibility for reducing environmental impact and managing the product is extended across the whole life cycle of the product, from selection of materials and design to its end-of-life. (Ministry of Environment).
Current Programs in BC:
AlarmRecycle | BC Used Oil Management Association | Brewers Association of Canada | Call 2 Recycle | Canadian Brandowners Residual Stewardship Corporation | Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association | Electronic Products Recycling Association | ElectroRecycle Small Appliance Recycling Program | Encorp Pacific (Canada) | Light Recycle | Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association | Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada | Product Care | Recycle My Cell | Switch the 'Stat | The TELUS Return and Recycle Program | Tire Stewardship BC
Established in 1943, the Brewers Association of Canada is a voluntary association of 17 brewers from coast to coast that represents 98% of the beer brewed in Canada.
The Brewers Association of Canada works with its members, governments, stakeholders and the public to progressively improve the marketplace for beer while, encouraging the responsible use of beer and the protection of the environment.
Call2Recycle has been recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones through a voluntary program in BC since 1997. As of July 1, 2010 they began collecting non-rechargeable batteries such as alkaline, UPS and lithium.
The CBRSC has parterned with Waste Management of Canada to set up and operate the Electronic Toy Recycling throughout BC. The program accepts electronic toys designed for children, raning from small electronic toy giveaways to large ride-on battery powered toys.
Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a member based, not-for-profit association comprised of the major producers and retailers of electronic products in British Columbia. It is responsible to the Province for implementing and operating sustainable end-of-life solutions for BC's electronic waste. EPRA selected Encorp Pacific (Canada) as its Program Manager given its operational experience and established infrastructure. EPRA's electronics recycling program is delivered to the citizens of BC, by Encorp Pacific under the brand Return-ItTM Electronics.
ElectroRecycle is a small appliance recycling program that accepts over 120 products, ranging in size from toasters and electric toothbrushes to countertop microwaves and vacuum cleaners. Unplugged is run by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) and managed by Product Care Association.
LightRecycle is a recycling program for residential-use lighting products, ranging from light bulbs to flashlights, table lamps and chandeliers. BC residents can drop off their old and broken residential-use lighting products at collection sites across the province. The LightRecycle program will expand to all lamps, ballasts and fixtures from the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors by October 1, 2012. The program is managed by Product Care Association.
The Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA) was formed to respond to government and environmental issues relating to the efficient collection and safe disposal of leftover medicines returned by the public in provinces having regulations requiring industry stewardship programs.
The OPEIC Recycling Program is a recycling program for electrical outdoor power equipment, ranging from lawn mowers to grass trimmers, chain saws and pressure washers. The program is run by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) and managed by Product Care Association.
Product Care is a not-for-profit industry sponsored association that manages environmental stewardship programs for paint, flammable liquids, domestic pesticide and gasoline. Product Care also administers the BC fluorescent light bulb and tube (residential use) stewardship program.
Recycle My Cell was created and is maintained by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless and mobile satellite service providers as well as companies that develop and produce products for the industry.
A stewardship plan for thermostats was approved by the Ministry of Environment in February 2010. The plan was submitted by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating. The plan builds on the program infrastructure of the existing Swith the 'Stat program managed by the Clean Air Foundation.
Since 2005 TELUS has been collecting used mobile handsets and accessories for recycling through its Return & Recycle Program. In July 2010, TELUS added wireline telecommunication equipment to the list of accepted items. The goal of the TELUS Return & Recycle program is to divert as many phones and accessories as possible from Canadian landfills and ensures that hazardous components of phones and accessories are disposed of in a responsible manner.
Please visit the TELUS website for more details.
Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit organization formed to manage the scrap tire recycling program on behalf of tire retailers in the province.