There's a lot more recycling going on these days, and it's difficult to know who takes what. Check out the list below and be amazed by what you can recycle!
Computer Hardware/Peripherals Recycling
Once you've had your fill of the blue screen of death or your machine spontaneously rebooting and have explored all the avenues of updating/repairing, there are a lot of local alternatives to trashing your hardware.
FreeGeek in Vancouver accepts all kinds of computers/peripherals/printers/scanners etc. If you're willing to put in 24 hours of volunteering, you'll even get a free computer.
Era in Vancouver accepts electronics and refurbishes them for donation to charities. Era also offers boxes for school or offices should you want to start your own recycling program for cell phones and toner.
BC Electronics Material Exchange allows you to list old electronics for up to $99 or for free. One's trash is another's treasure!
Computers for Schools BC accepts computers and will issue a tax receipt.
FutureShop offers battery recycling at some locations, and may also accept some electronics items.
Best Buy also accepts batteries, as well as ink cartridges, CDs, MP3 players and even gift cards.
Recycle My Cell not only accepts cell phone batteries, but if there's no location near by, you can print off a label for prepaid shipping.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
LightRecycle depots are where you shop - London Drugs, Home Depot and Canadian Tire.
Check the RCBC Recyclepedia or ask around - thrift stores, electronics stores and community agencies often accept items for reuse.