In the course of a lifetime, how many broken toasters, busted vacuum cleaners, and no-longer-ticking clocks does a person incur?
And where do they go, before making their way to Small Appliance Heaven?
Except for a few blenders that might be retired to the garden as planters, chances are they've gone to the garbage dump.
That is, until now.
The Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) launched the Small Appliance
Recycling Program in B.C. on Oct. 1.
Langley residents are encouraged to take advantage of the greener alternative to throwing away old or broken household objects.
"A wide range of small appliances -from things you use in your kitchen, like can openers, food
processors, microwaves, and coffee makers, to
bathroom appliances such as weight scales and curling irons -will be included in the program," said Tess Rutley, solid waste technical assistant with the Township of Langley. "A number of locations are currently being set up throughout the community so that residents can conveniently and safely discard of these and other old or broken small appliances."
A full list of small appliances included in the program and the Langley locations that will be accepting them will be posted at cesarecycling.ca.
CESA is non-profit agency made up of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of the products accepted in the recycling program.
The Small Appliance Recycling Program is funded by ecofees submitted to the association by its members.