British Columbians now have a new recycling option following the launch of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) recycling program for old or broken electrical outdoor power equipment. This new program accepts products like electric lawnmowers, grass trimmers, and power washers at drop-off locations across the province.
This new industry-managed recycling program is brought to you by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC), a non-profit organization representing the manufacturers of outdoor power equipment sold in Canada. The new program will join 13 existing industry-managed recycling programs, reinforcing B.C.’s position as a national leader in environmental stewardship.
As the first and only government-approved outdoor power equipment recycling program in B.C., this program will provide convenient recycling options for British Columbians. “The new OPEIC program will help British Columbians reduce the amount of materials going to the landfill and help us recover valuable resources for use in new products,” says Mark Kurschner, president of Product Care Association.
OPEIC has partnered with B.C.-based Product Care Association to set-up and manage this program throughout the province. Product Care Association is a not‐for‐profit industry association that develops, implements, and manages recycling programs across Canada. Product Care has been contracted by OPEIC to manage the product stewardship program for outdoor power equipment in B.C.
Like most other non-profit recycling programs in B.C., the OPEIC program will be funded by a fee on the sale of new electric outdoor power equipment to cover all costs of managing the program.
To find a full list of products or to find a drop-off location please visit www.opeic.ca or call the Recycling Council of B.C.’s recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or 604-732-9253 in the Lower Mainland.
Jordan Best, senior program coordinator, Product Care Association.