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Electronic/electrical mowers, snow throwing equipment and gardening tools - corded and/or battery powered. Outdoor power equipment that relies on a fuel-powered engine is not included in the program, however many collection sites do accept them.
1. Hand-Held OPE
- Brush Cutters/Loppers
- Chain Saws
- Garden Shears
- Garden Sprayer/Insect Fogger
- Ice Drill
- Lawn Blowers / Vacuums
- Lawn Scarifier/Dethatchers
- Pole Chainsaw
- Pole Saw / Pole Pruning Saw
- Post Hole Digger
- Stick Edger
- Trimmers (grass, hedge etc.)
- Split Boom
2. Walk Behind OPE
- Lawn Mower
- Snowthrower/ Snowblower
- Walk Behind Sprayer
- Lawn Aerator
3. Free-Standing OPE
- Pressure Washer
- Wood Chipper/Shredder
- Wood Splitter
4. Lawn Tractor
- Lawn Tractor
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institue of Canada (OPEIC) is a non-profit program funded by an environmental handling fee (EHF) applied to new electrical products brought into B.C. by outdoor power equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. The fee was introduced on July 1st, 2012 to cover the management of the program. The recycling fee may be included in a product’s price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out.
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OPEIC is the only government-approved outdoor power equipment recycling program in B.C. As of July 1, 2012, British Columbians are able to recycle products ranging from chain saws, garden sprayers and lawn mowers to pressure washers, mulchers and wood chippers.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) is a non-profit organization representing the outdoor power equipment industry in Canada. OPEIC has developed a stewardship program for recycling old or broken electrical outdoor power equipment.
OPEIC has partnered with Product Care Association of Canada (PCA) to set up and operate this province-wide stewardship program. Product Care Association is a not-for-profit industry association that develops, implements and manages recycling programs across Canada. PCA has been contracted by OPEIC to manage the stewardship program for electrical outdoor power equipment in British Columbia.
The program began July 1st, 2012.
The provincial government has mandated that electric outdoor power equipment manufacturers and retailers must recover and recycle their products. A recycling program for outdoor power equipment has been developed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC).
Visit www.opeic.ca/consumers.html and enter your city or postal code in the depot finder to find a location near you that includes the location's address, map and hours of operation. Outdoor power equipment that relies on a fuel-powered engine is not included in the program, however many collection sites do accept them. Gasoline and oil should be drained and removed from fuel-powered products prior to taking them to a collection site.
OPEIC currently accepts electrical outdoor power equipment, ranging in size from hand-held brush cutters and chain saws to pressure washers and lawn mowers. Products are divided into categories including: hand-held, walk behind, free-standing and lawn tractors. Visit www.opeic.ca/consumers.html#products to see a complete list of what you can recycle.
For information on other recycling options for products not accepted by OPEIC, call the Recycling Council of B.C.'s Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or download the convenient BC Recyclepedia Smart Phone App.
If your outdoor power equipment is still functional and is in relatively good condition, consider trying to find it a second home before dropping it off for recycling. Possible avenues include family members, friends, neighbours, a garage sale, thrift stores, charities, or classifieds sites such as Craigslist, Kijiji, Freecycle, or the Recycling Council of B.C.'s reuse sites.
The program covers electric outdoor power equipment with a power cord, plug and/or battery(ies) as the primary energy source. Outdoor power equipment that relies on a fuel-powered engine is not included in the program, however many OPEIC collection sites do accept them.
Gasoline and oil should be drained and removed from fuel-powered products prior to taking them to a collection site. For gasoline disposal, see productcare.org/BC-Paint-Program and for oil disposal, see usedoilrecycling.com
If component parts have enough metal content to be considered scrap metal, the collection site would accept these materials.
The OPEIC program is operated through a network system of accessible drop-off collection sites within the province. A curbside collection program would significantly increase program costs. Blue box and other curb-side recycling programs are paid for and managed by local governments and generally do not include products such pressure washers, grass trimmers or lawn mowers. Most outdoor power equipment is too large for the blue boxes.
The EHF is not a deposit, so you won't get a refund when you recycle an electrical product. However, there is no charge to drop-off your electrical products at any OPEIC drop-off location.
Like most other recycling programs operating in BC, this program is funded by an environmental handling fee (EHF) applied on the sale of new electric outdoor power equipment brought into the province by manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
The EHF was introduced on July 1st, 2012 to support the management of this new program. This non-profit program operates on a long-term cost-recovery basis. Retailers, manufacturers and distributors do not make a profit from these programs. The EHFs are divided into four categories.
The costs of responsible recycling programs ultimately affect the price of the products we buy.
The EHF is subject to sales tax, as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products. While the applicable tax will be remitted to the government, no part of the EHF itself will be remitted to the government.
EHFs were determined by OPEIC based on industry-best practices and other factors including:
- Total product weight per category
- Costs of program administration
- Product sales and forecasts
The program is designed so the cost of managing one category is not subsidized by the EHFs paid by another category. EHFs will be reviewed during the first two years of program operation and will be re-adjusted if necessary.
ElectroRecycle, B.C.'s Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program
Recycling Council of British Columbia
Province of B.C. Stewardship Program
Stewardship Agencies of BC (SABC)
Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA)
Product Care Association
Electronics Stewardship Association of BC (ESABC)
Encorp Pacific (Canada) - Return-It
Recycle My Cell
Tire Stewardship B.C.
B.C. Used Oil Management Association
Brewers Distributor Limited (BDL)
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