Telephones and Answering Machines
Telephones and answering machines 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 With fast-paced technology improvements and updates, however, electronics also become out of date much more quickly than other appliances.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 phone or answering machine? Perhaps you don't need one in every room? It might be better to stay with your current phone if it meets your needs. If you do indeed need to get a new one, consider paying a little extra to help ensure it's built to last.
Consider donating your unwanted phones and answering machines to second hand stores or thirift stores, but only if they are truly in good working condition. Be sure to erase your messages before you bring them in.
Telephones (non-cellular) and answering machines 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. Items included are corded, cordless, VoIP and sattelite phones; all system components including periphals, cords and wiring; cassette and digital answering machines and answering systems integrated into non-cellular telephones.
Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program. If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.
Asset Investment Recovery - Victoria
4234 Glanford Avenue
Bottle Depot, The - Glanford
4261 Glanford Avenue
Bottle Depot, Victoria, Queens
655 Queens Avenue
Multiple Depot Locations
Hartland Recycling Facility
# 1 Hartland Avenue
Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot
Pacific Mobile Depots
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
South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle
1625 Bank Street
West Shore Bottle Depot
935 Ellery Street
The Environmental Story
Phones, answering machines and other electronic waste can contain dangerous heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFR) and PVC. You might have noticed the smell of offgassing from new phones. That’s a large hazard for such a small package.
Did You Know?
The Basel Action Network is an organization dedicated to upholding the Basel Convention, which bans the export of hazardous waste to developing countries. BAN has developed an independently accredited list of e-Stewards, leading North American electronics recyclers who uphold the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. By using an e-Steward, you can be assured your computer parts are being recycled in a responsible manner.
Questions? Call the CRD Hotline.
We can answer your questions on the Hartland landfill, composting, household hazardous waste, recycling and more!
toll-free: 1.800.663.4425 #3030
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