Recycle your unwanted stuff

More and more people understand that there is no "away" in the finite system that is planet Earth. We can't keep using our precious air, water and land to dump the stuff we no longer want.

If you can't reuse, repair, refurbish or repurpose something, recycle it. Here's a (by no means exhaustive) list of resources in Canada (organized by location) to help you do just that:


H&M — clothing and textiles
Trash Nothing

North America

BabyEarthRENEW — baby equipment
Call2Recycle — batteries and cellphones
Crazy Crayons Recycle Program — crayons
Earth 911
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Lions Clubs — eyeglasses
St. Jude's Ranch for Children — new and used greeting cards
Think Recycle — cellphones, laptops, print cartridges
Value Village — clothing and household items


Best Buy — electronics, batteries, cellphones, appliances
Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center — eyeglasses
eCycle Solutions — electronics
Electronic Recycling Association — Electronics Recycling Association
Habitat for Humanity — windows, doors, paint, hardware, tools, e-waste
Home Depot Canada — batteries, cellphones
London Drugs — electronics, small appliances, cellphones, batteries, cameras, plastic bags — cellphones
ReGeneration — paint, light bulbs, smoke alarms, appliances (big and small), pesticides, solvents and fertilizers
RONA — select a store, click "DETAILS" and look down the page to find "ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY SERVICES"; most stores recycle paint, light bulbs, batteries and power tools accessories 
SleepCountry — mattresses
Staples — batteries, inks and toners, electronics, writing instruments, shredding
Used Oil Management Associations of Canada — used oil and antifreeze materials


Alberta Use Oil Management Association — used oil, oil filters and containers
Bissel Centre Thrift Shoppe
Calgary Harvest — fruit
City of Edmonton Eco Stations
City of Edmonton Reuse Centre
Green Calgary
Kidseat Recyclers
Re-Matt — mattresses
Recycle Blue
Recycling Council of Alberta
Sport Central — gathers sports equipment to outfit disadvantaged children
Think Reuse — electronic equipment and batteries
Urban Impact
Women in Need Society

British Columbia

British Columbia Electronic Products Recycling Association
B.C. Recycles
British Columbia Used Oil Management Association
Canadian Mattress Recycling — mattresses and furniture
Compassionate Resource Warehouse — gathering and providing resources for international relief
Ellice Recycle — Victoria
Free Geek — computer equipment
Mattress Recycling
Metro Vancouver Recycles
Pacific Mobile Depots
Recycling Alternative
Recycling Council of British Columbia
Urban Impact
Women In Need Community Cooperative">Women In Need Community Coop


Green Manitoba
Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp.
Mother Earth Recycling — electronics, mattresses
Recycle Manitoba
Simply Recycle

New Brunswick

Computers for Schools New Brunswick — working computer equipment
Fundy Region Solid Waste
Gorber's Bottle Exchange Ltd. — bottles, metal, batteries, paper
New Brunswick Used Oil Management Association
Recycle NB — oil and glycol, paint, electronics, tires
Scotia Recycling Group
Valley Redemption Centre — bottles and containers

Newfoundland and Labrador

Broadening Horizons Recycling — beverage containers, paper products
Ever Green Recycling — bottles and containers
eWaste NL — electronics
NLL Recycling — metals, including furniture, appliances, bathtubs, lighting and plumbing fixtures
Scotia Recycling Group

Northwest Territories

Rethink it — electronics, batteries, beverage containers

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia Waste Resource Programs
Mattress Mart
Scotia Recycling Group


Inuksuk High School recycling — bottles and cans


Bike Reuse Program — Guelph
City of Toronto Waste Wizard
Electronic Waste Recycling — Guelph
Furniture BankGTA only
Goods Exchange Weekend — Guelph
Greentec — cellphones, computers, print cartridges
Helping With Bikes — Ottawa only
Helping With Furniture — Ottawa only
Mattress Mart
Ontario Electronic Stewardship
Ottawa Garbage and Recycling
Paint+ Reuse Program — Guelph
Public drop-off — Guelph
Recycling Council of Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Island Waste Management Corporation
Prince Edward Island Used Oil Management Association
Recycle Prince Edward Island (PDF)
Regeneration — paint


Matt Canada
Mattress Mart
RecycFluo — light bulbs
Société de gestion des huiles usages
Ville de Québec


EcoFriendly Sask
Envirotec — hazardous waste
Government of Saskatchewan
Recycle Saskatchewan
Sarcan Recycling — beverage containers
Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. — used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and their containers
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council — includes a database of places where you can donate, recycle or safely dispose of different kinds of items and substances.
SaskPower — appliances, electronics, lighting


Raven Recycling
Yukon Department of Community Services

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