Recycle depot takes small appliances

Leanne Koehn

Leanne Koehn

Those smaller modern conveniences that have been piling up in the basement or garage can now be turfed and trucked down to the Ridge Meadows Recycling Depot.

Starting Oct. 1, old electric toothbrushes, microwave ovens, blenders, fans, ionizers and electric razors now can join the waste stream.

The program is managed by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association and funded by environmental handling fees charged at the time of purchase.

Similar programs exist for electronics or computers.

“These programs work to encourage design elements that aid in a product’s recyclability, divert recyclable materials from the landfill and ensure that products that may be harmful to the environment are handled and recycled in an environmentally responsible way,” recycling society executive-director Kim Day said in a news release.

The recycling depot also takes dead batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil and antifreeze, paint, solvents and pesticides.

It’s estimated that the program will save more than two million broken or small appliances from going into the dump each year.