Unacceptable Products

None of the products listed on this page are part of the Return-It Electronics recycling program. However, some items may be accepted by a Return-It depot under a different stewardship program, as noted below.

For information about what to do with unacceptable products, including the location of the closest return site to you, please visit The Recycling Council of BC's Recyclepedia

Sample photos of products NOT included in the Return-It Electronics system:

Miscellaneous Items NOT Included

Electronics Manuals

  • Includes all papers documents related to electronics

Lights, Light Bulbs or Lighting Equipment/Fixtures

Stewardship Program: LightRecycle

Loose Batteries

NOTE: Batteries that are inside a product from the approved list are acceptable

Stewardship Program: Call2Recycle

Loose Printer Catridges

NOTE: Printer cartridges that are inside a printer from the approved list are acceptable

Smoke Detectors

Thermostats

Stewardship Program:
Thermostat Recovery Program

Communication Products NOT Included

Commercial-grade Pay Phones

Small Appliances NOT Included

Microwave Ovens

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Electric Grills, Woks or Frying Pans

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Blenders or Food Processors

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Coffee Makers

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Toasters

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Rice Cookers

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Electric Irons

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Beard Trimmers or Hair Grooming

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Hair Dryers

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Vacuum Cleaners

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Heaters

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Air conditioners

Electric Fans

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Air Purifiers

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Paper Shredders

Scales or Electric Measuring Devices

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Clocks

Note: Electric clock radios are acceptable.

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Sewing Machines

Stewardship Program: ElectroRecycle

Large Appliances NOT Included

Refrigerators or Freezers

Stoves, Ranges or Ovens

Dishwashers

Washers or Dryers

Hot Water Heaters

Power Tools NOT Included

Power Drills

Power Saws

Electric Sanders

Snow Blowers

Stewardship Program: OPEIC

Leaf Blowers

Stewardship Program: OPEIC

Electric or Gas Lawn Mowers

Stewardship Program: OPEIC

Non-Electronic Toys NOT Included

Children's Flashlights / Watches

Board Games with Wind-up Timers or Non-Electric Parts

Non-Powered / Non-Electronic Ride-on Toys

Plush Textile or Stuffed Toys

Note: Electronic toys with a battery or a cord are acceptable

Personal Mobile Transportation / Scooters / Baby Strollers

Sports / Leisure Equipment