Brent Helland

Brent Helland

ElectroRecycle underway in North Okanagan

Outlets in Vernon and Armstrong collecting a range of items

North Okanagan residents no longer have to see their old and broken small appliances end up in the landfill.

Through the ElectroRecycle program, small appliances and power tools will now be accepted at various depots across B.C.

Everything from laser levels to grinders, sewing machines and treadmills will be accepted through the program.

In Vernon, Chasers Bottle Depot, Venture Training and the Interior Freight and Bottle Depot are on board with the program. The Armstrong Spallumcheen Bottle Depot is also a drop-off location.

“Our goal is to be a one-stop location for all products that clutter up our lives,” said Jay Aarson, owner of Interior Freight and Bottle Depot. “People have been calling us for years and asking: ‘where can we recycle these items?’ Now we have an answer. We are more than just a bottle depot.”

What will be accepted:

* Test and measurement tools – laser measuring devices, clamp meter, leak and pressure detector, etc.

* Hand-held power tools (corded  and cordless) – polishing, sanding and grinding tools, scraping and shaping tools, automotive tools, drilling tools, fastening and joining tools, cutting, sawing and trimming tools, and other portable, hand-held tools

* Bench-top, demolition and free standing power tools

* Sewing/textile machines

* Sports and leisure – electronic inflators, mosquito lanterns, battery powered scuba equipment, pitching machine, tennis score keeper; treadmills, ellipticals, cycling machines, etc.

* Arts, crafts and hobbies – paint/airbrushing tools and equipment; microscopes, telescopes and binoculars, scrapbooking, button and card making machines, carving/cutting/engraving/mixing related electronic equipment

Interior Freight and Bottle Depot was founded in 1981. It accepts a variety of products ranging from cans and bottles, paper and cardboard, to small appliances, computers, paint, and styrofoam.

It also accepts computers, electronics, microwaves, paint, small appliances, batteries, toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, cell phones, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

There is a charge for styrofoam and paper shredding.