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Program happily Unplugged

Venture Training Recycling's Unplugged program provides a way to get rid of old or unused small household electrical appliances.

The Unplugged program, operated by Venture Training Recycling,  provides a way to get rid of old or unused small household electrical appliances.

“It’s surprising how many people don’t know that they can bring these things here for free. A lot of people don’t want to take them to the dump so they just keep them cluttering up their closets and storage space. They are really surprised to learn how many things can be recycled now,” said Ed Columbus, director of operations for the program.

The program accepts both items that are not working and those that are still working. Items can include just about anything that plugs in except for major appliances.

Columbus hopes that there will some day be another program where things that are still working can be re-sold.

When the items are dropped off, they are sorted by Venture Training workers and packaged to be sent to Trail for separation into component parts and recycling.

There are also programs for electronic waste, paper and glass products and styrofoam and florescent lighting recycling.

Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

The program handles the beverage containers that come through regional district blue bag program. Venture Training works with the RDNO and City of Vernon waste-reduction programs.

A recent donation of $12,150 from the Kalamalka Rotary Club will be used to provide insulation and heating for the recycling sorting building to make it more comfortable and safer for the workers.

“We’re very grateful for that support,” said Columbus.

Cycle, Cycle, the program that takes old bikes and repairs them for sale is still in operation at the site and is open from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p,m, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Unplugged, a province-wide program, accepts more than 120 different types of items, from hair dryers to microwaves to clocks.

The program is funded by a recycling fee applied to new products brought into the province by manufacturers and retailers.

The  Venture site is also an Encorp Return-It site accepting all kinds of electronics from digital photo key chains to audio and video equipment and computers and all computer accessories.

There is no charge for drop off as the recycling fee is charged at the time of purchase.

For information about recycling programs call 250-542-2374, or see, www.RETURN_IT.CA/ELECTRONICS, or


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