Cameras are an integral part of life for most of us. With fast-paced technology improvements and updates, however, electronics also become out of date much more quickly than other appliances. Currently, Canadians toss more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste into landfills each year.
How do I go green?
Do you really need the latest and greatest camera? It might be better to stay with your current camera if it meets your needs. Make sure you will use all the fancy functions on a new camera before you consider upgrading your camera.
Cameras are now part of the Product Stewardship program for electronic waste. They can be taken to a number of drop-off locations throughout the CRD for free for recycling - you've already paid for this service with an environmental handling fee (EHF) when you bought it.
Asset Investment Recovery - Victoria
4234 Glanford Avenue
Bottle Depot, The - Glanford
4261 Glanford Avenue
Bottle Depot, Victoria, Queens
655 Queens Avenue
Hartland Recycling Facility
# 1 Hartland Avenue
ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Victoria
849 Orono Avenue
Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot
349 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island
Salvation Army - Brentwood
7177 West Saanich Rd
Salvation Army - Cedar Hill
1551 Cedar Hill Rd
Salvation Army - Hillside
990 Hillside Ave
Salvation Army - Sooke
3 - 6686 Sooke Rd
Salvation Army - Vanalman
765 Vanalman Avenue
Salvation Army - Victoria
525 Johnson Street
Salvation Army - View Royal
307 Island Highway
Sidney Bottle Depot
#5-10025 Galaran Road
West Shore Bottle Depot
935 Ellery Street
The Environmental Story
As we consider the digital camera revolution that has taken place over the last decade, most people think about it in terms of enhanced benefits for consumers. We can take a lot more pictures at much lower cost with digital cameras versus film cameras. We can also more easily manipulate and share those photos since they're all in the digital realm.
But one thing many people don't think about actually deserves mention as potentially the most profound effect of the digital camera revolution: how digital cameras greatly reduce the destructive impact on the environment compared to film cameras.
At first, you might think, "How can that be? My film camera didn't harm the environment!" Even though it wasn't your camera that harmed the environment, your film processing did indeed harm it. Any time you take your pictures to a photo processing center, that film is run through batches of chemicals. These chemicals are environmental hazards, and once they are used to process film, those chemicals must be discarded. These chemicals include both developer solutions and fixer solutions.
The upsurge in digital camera use is having a positive environmental impact. With digital photography, we no longer need to use all of those chemical solutions for developing photographs.
Questions? Call the CRD Hotline.
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toll-free: 1.800.663.4425 #3030
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