On your mark, get set — cleanup time.
ElectroRecycle, a nonprofit recycling program for small appliances and power tools, is challenging depots and the public to see who can collect the most over a two-month period.
“This is the first time it’s ever been done in B.C.,” said Melissa Pelto, spokeswoman for the program. “It’s a pilot project.”
There are 14 depots that accept small appliances and power tools in the Thompson-Okanagan, including General Grant’s, 611 Fortune Dr. and Lorne Street Bottle Depot, 270 Halston Rd.
There are two parts to the contest. Depots are challenged to compete against themselves to see if they can increase their collection rates. The top three depots receive promotional campaigns and advertising spots in local media.
Also, there’s a $50 Visa gift card awarded in each region to community members who tweet or send a photo of themselves recycling their small appliances or power tools to @electrorecycle or email@example.com.
Depots have been accepting electrical goods since Oct. 2011. The program was expanded July 1, increasing the range of goods accepted to 300 from 120. The category now includes goods such as sewing machines and fitness equipment. Large appliances such as dishwashers and ovens, built-in appliances and appliances with refrigerant (air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refrigerators) are not accepted.
For complete details, see www.electrorecycle.ca/challenge.
Winners will be announced the week of April 1.