More than meets the eyeMore than meets the eye<div class="ExternalClass9506E59D06F548D0BC0F631563AB310E"><p>​National Waste Reduction Week occurs in October. It calls attention to the myriad opportunities to recycle more of our waste, and promotes some of the great recycling programs available year round. </p><p>This year we put together a promotion on electronics recycling. In addition to bags of loose batteries stored away in our junk drawers, there are also batteries inside of many common household electronics that get overlooked for recycling.</p><p>In Metro Vancouver’s own waste audit (2014 data) we had about 15 thousand tonnes of electronics in the waste stream, plus an additional 500 tonnes of batteries. This represents about 1.6% of our waste over all.</p><p>Examples of items that contain overlooked batteries include electric toothbrushes, power tools, noisy toys, key fobs, electric razors, old cell phones, portable radios and more. Metro Vancouver did an in-house collection, inviting staff to clean out their own junk drawers, and in just a few hours brought in six boxes of old, unused small electronics, and about 40 kilograms of loose batteries.</p><p>The fact is that in BC, anything with a cord or a battery can be recycled. You can use <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">mvrecycles.org</a> to find a recycling location near you. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Ewaste-Bunny.jpg2016-10-31T07:00:00ZGP0|#3f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4;L0|#03f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4|Issue 25;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass6CCF46C4CB7B492985AA5737BA1B4D45"><p>​In BC, anything with a cord or a battery can be recycled.  Use <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">mvrecycles.org</a> to find a recycling location near you. Loose batteries, small electronics containing batteries, old cell phones, noisy toys; you name it, it can be recycled. </p></div>0