What's Accepted

A full list of the acceptable products and associated environmental handling fees effective May 1, 2015 is posted below.

Products may be listed in more than one category.  Fees are charged based on weight, size or ease of recyclability.

The items listed below can be recycled free of charge at any Return-It Electronics Collection Site.  The associated Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) are charged at the time of purchase.

  • Multiple products combined in a single Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) package with a unique SKU are subject to one EHF
  • Electronic medical equipment for monitoring or treatment is acceptable with the exception of devices that have been implanted or exposed to infectious bodily fluids. Return-It Collection Sites are not obligated to accept any equipment they feel is unsafe to handle.
  • Please note this listing provides examples of regulated products; the BC Recycling Regulation obligates entire product segments. For a full technical list, please refer to return-it.ca/electronics/industry/technical

 

Electronics Recycling
Product Type Environmental Handling Fee (EHF)
Charged at the time of purchase
Product Definitions Products Included
Desktop Computers, Large Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices $2.25 Desktop Computers, Large Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
A computer terminal designed to reside on a desk or similar work surface.
  • Computer Parts (NO EHF charged at time of purchase)
  • Computer Terminals
  • Desktop Computers Used as Servers
  • Servers & Data Storage Equipment
  • Thin Clients
Desktop Computers, Large Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Battery powered ride-on toys (over 12 volts)
  • Large battery powered ride-on children's toy vehicle
Desktop Computers, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
IT or Telecom devices and equipment generally weighing between 10-50 kg
  • Ethernet Switches, Networking Products (includes security appliances & firewalls)
  • Tape Storage Systems
  • Video Conferencing Systems
Desktop Computers, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Electronic medical, monitoring and control devices generally weighing between 10-50 kg
  • Breast Pumps
  • Sleep Therapy Devices
Portable Computers, Small Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices $1.00 Portable Computers, Small Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
A personal computer designed for portable use.
  • Laptop Computers
  • Notebook/Netbook Computers
  • Tablet Computers
Portable Computers, Small Ride-ons, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Battery powered ride-on toys (under 12 volts)
  • Small battery powered ride-on children's toy vehicles
Portable Computers, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
IT or Telecom devices and equipment generally weighing between 2-10 kg
  • Ethernet Switches, Networking Products (includes security appliances & firewalls)
  • Tape Storage Systems
  • Video Conferencing Systems
Portable Computers, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Electronic medical, monitoring and control devices generally weighing between 2-10 kg
  • Electronic Stethoscopes
  • Microscopes
All-in-one & Display Products ≤29" $9.00 All-in-one & Display Products ≤29"
A non-portable, all-in-one device, or ≤29" video display device that typically resides on a table, and requires AC power to operate. May be used for displaying images from computers or other sources such as an external TV tuner or cable/satellite receiver. Includes various display technologies such as CRT, flat panel or rear projection.
  • Closed Circuit Monitor Screens
  • Computer Monitors
  • Professional Displays
  • Televisions (screen size ≤29")
Display Products

30" to 45"
$19.00

46" or more
$35.00

Display Products
A non-portable video display device that typically resides on a table and requires AC power to operate. May be used for displaying images from computers or other sources such as an external TV tuner or cable/satellite receiver. Includes various technologies such as CRT, flat panel or rear projection.
  • Cash Registers/POS Terminals - Desktop/Countertop
  • Combination TV/DVD or VHS Player
  • Televisions
Floor Standing & Printing/Copying $15.00 Floor Standing & Printing/Copying
Printing and copying devices utilizing all printing technologies that are floor standing models and that can print on media with dimensions up to 48" wide
  • Fax Machine Photocopiers
  • Floor Standing Fax Machines
  • Floor Standing Printers & Scanners
Medical & Monitoring Devices $31.75 Medical & Monitoring Devices
Electronic medical, monitoring and control devices generally weighing between 50 - 200 kg
  • Doppler Ultrasound
IT Devices + Telecom Devices $31.75 IT Devices + Telecom Devices
IT or Telecom devices or equipment generally weighing between 50 - 200 kg
  • Business Routers & Switches
  • Business Video Conferencing Systems
  • Point of Sale (POS) Terminals
Desktop/Countertop Printing Products & Multifunction Products $3.50 Desktop/Countertop Printing Products & Multifunction Products
A printing or facsimile device designed to reside on a desktop. May be a multifunction device that performs different tasks such as copy, scan, fax, print, etc. Includes all printing technologies.
  • Desktop Fax Machines
  • Desktop Label, Barcode, Card Printers
  • Desktop Printers
  • Electronic Typewriters
Audio Video & Gaming Products & Non-Portable Musical Instruments $2.50 Audio Video & Gaming Products & Non-Portable Musical Instruments
Audio and video playback and/or recording systems or system components for residential, institutional, commercial or industrial applications.
  • Cable & Satellite Receivers
  • Disc Players/Recorders (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • Home Stereo Amplifiers
  • Set-top Boxes (including digital TV)
  • Turntables/record players
  • Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs)
Audio Video & Gaming Products, Non-Portable Musical Instruments
Non-portable musical instruments that must be connected directly to an AC power source
  • Amplifiers & Mixers
  • Electric Guitars, Woodwind & Stringed Instruments
  • Electronic Keyboard, Pipe Organs, Synthesizers & Digital Pianos
Computer & Video Gaming Peripherals $0.50 Computer & Video Gaming Peripherals
A manual input keying or pointing device, such as a mouse, a keyboard, or a similar device, designed for use with a desktop or portable computer. Includes both wired and wireless devices.
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Solid State, Zip Drives & External Hard Drives
Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, E-Toys, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices $0.40 Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, E-Toys, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
A portable device used primarily for personal use that operates on battery power or is powered directly from the device it is connected to (i.e. computer)
  • Clock Radios
  • Handheld Video Game Systems
  • MP3 Players
  • Portable AM/FM Radios
  • Portable Tape Players/Recorders
  • Video Cameras/Camcorders
Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, IT, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Musical instruments or music related products with electronics that operate on battery or USB power or through an AC adapter or passive non-powered electronics
  • Electric Guitars, Woodwind & Stringed Instruments
  • Electronic Drums, Cymbals, or Percussion Instruments
  • Portable Amplifiers, Mixers, Pedal Boards, Foot Switches, Preamps & Pickups
Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, E-Toys, IT Devices, Medical & Monitoring Devices
E-toys - electronic toys with a battery or a plug, except micro toys, small and large battery powered ride-ons.
  • Children's toy/learning computer
  • Electronic board or table top games
  • Electronic toy robots
  • Interactive plush toys
  • Remote control vehicles
Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, IT, Medical & Monitoring Devices
IT or Telecom Devices and equipment generally weighing <2 kg
  • Bridges, Modems, Switches & Routers
  • Business Servers, Server Modules & Network Security Appliances & Firewalls
  • Wireless Access Points & Range Extenders
Portable Audio Video, Musical Instruments, IT, Medical & Monitoring Devices
Electronic medical, monitoring and control devices generally weighing < 2 kg
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Hearing Aids
  • Thermometers (electronic & digital)
Micro Toys $0.05 Micro Toys
E-toys - electronic toys with a battery or plug, generally weighing less than 50g.
  • Consumer electronic toy give-aways, promotional items (i.e. electronic toy vehicles, action figures)
  • Electronic toy key chains
Non-cellular Telephones & Answering Machines $0.45 Non-cellular Telephones & Answering Machines
A telecommunication device with a handset, multiple handsets, or microphone and speaker systems that is used to transmit and receive sound (most commonly speech). A device that is designed to record sound from incoming calls over a telephone line or VoIP line.
  • Speaker/Conference Phones
  • Telephone Amplifiers
  • Telephone Line Answering Machines (cassette and digital)
  • Telephones (corded and cordless, VoIP, satellite phones)
  • VoIP Phone Adapters
Aftermarket Vehicle Electronic Products $2.50 Aftermarket Vehicle Electronic Products
Aftermarket audio and video systems or system components intended to replace or supplement OEM factory-installed systems or system components.
  • Car Security Systems
  • In-dash CD and/or Cassette Players
  • Radar Detectors
  • Stand-alone or In-dash GPS
  • Video Player Systems
Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) Systems $2.50 Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) Systems
Audio and/or video equipment packaged as a complete system intended to provide an "in-home" theatre experience.
  • HTB Audio and Video Equipment (packaged as a complete unit)
  • Including amplifier, disc players, speakers, sub-woofers and all associated cables, etc.

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NOTES:

British Columbia’s Recycling Regulation

The BC Recycling Regulation required “producers” (often first importers to the province including manufacturers, distributors and retailers) of an expanded list of designated electronics products to have an approved product stewardship program in place by July 1, 2012.  The program must include a province-wide collection system where consumers can drop off end of life products without charge, as well as a system for recycling the collected products.  Please visit the BC Ministry of Environment site for more details.