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CWMA 2020 Conference

Depot Operator and Stewardship Programs Virtual Roundtable

One of the hallmarks of the CWMA Conference are our very popular roundtables: informative discussions for specific groups within our industry.

Each year we invite conference delegates and cast the invitation out to a wider group who would be interested in taking part — opening our doors to ensure everyone has can learn, discuss, and network.  This year, to avoid virtual meeting burnout, we are moving these events later in October to coincide with Waste Reduction Week.

 

Thank you to all who participated this year! The pre-submitted questions and highlights from each stewardship program made for a full and relevant 2 hours. Please review the Stewardship program highlights below


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Return-It

• 171 Public drop-off locations are available across BC
• 99% are aware of the Return-It systems
• 1 billion containers collected in British Columbia in 2019
• +93,000 metric tonnes recovered in 2019
• 104,759 tonnes of CO2.
 
Return-It activities in 2019 contributed to the reduction of about 102.6 thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent being released into the atmosphere
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Product Care Recycling

• 500+ collection sites across BC
• +2.9 million litres of paint recovered in 2019
• +7.2 million light bulbs diverted from British Columbia landfills in 2019
• +100,000 smoke/CO alarms diverted from British Columbia landfills in 2019
 
Product Care Recycling celebrated 25 years as a leader in the development and management of innovative product stewardship solutions

Call2Recycle

•650+ public drop-off locations are across BC
•85% are aware that consumer batteries can be recycled
•722,781 kg of consumer batteries collected in 2019 in British Columbia

5.3 million kg of consumer batteries collected in British Columbia since 2010

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BRCCC

•+1140 return locations are across BC
•93% are aware that beer containers can be recycled
•91% container recovery rate in 2019
•78% secondary packaging recovery rate in 2019
 
Refillable glass beer and cider bottles are sterilized and refilled an average of 15 times. Alcohol aluminum cans are recycled back into aluminum cans in as quickly as 6 weeks.
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Return-It Electronics (EPRA):

•288 public drop-off locations are available across British Columbia
•86% of the population are aware of hot to recycle EOLE in an environmentally friendly way
•15,958 tonnes were collected in 2019

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Recycle My Cell

•265 public drop-off locations are available across British Columbia
•83% of British Columbians are aware that cell phones can be recycled
•36,630 devices collected in British Columbia in 2019
•In 2019, CWTA commissioned their annual Recycling Study that showed 96% of British Columbians diverted their last device from landfills

Canadian Battery Association

•252 return location sites are available across British Columbia
•23 million kg of lead batteries are collected and recycled every year
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Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR):

•175 collection sites that offer free drop off
•78% consumer awareness
•+211,000 units collected in 2019; 124% increase from 2018
•17 product categories included in the program, including: dishwashers, ovens, washers/dryers, range hoods, air conditioners, fridges/freezers
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Health Products Stewardship Association

•1,221 registered collection sites – 89% of licensed BC community pharmacies
•74% of the population with unwanted medications are aware of a medication take back program in BC
•99,950 kg of medication collected in 2019
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Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Canada

•218 recycling locations across British Columbia in 2020
 
•26 electric products including in the program including lawn mowers, trimmers and chain

Recycle BC

•176 communities participating in curbside and/or multi-family collection programs
•28 regional districts served
•+1,000,000 tonnes of packaging and paper collected (since program launch in 2014)
•+1.85 million British Columbia households receive curbside, multi-family and depot
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ElectroRecycle

•236 collection sites across British Columbia
•88% consumer awareness
•5,449,641 kg of product collected
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Thermostat Recovery Program

•398 collection points in British Columbia
•4,453 mercury thermostats were collected (7% over target)
•2,153 electronic thermostats were collected (79% over target)
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BC Used Oil Management Association

•51.4 million litres of used oil recovered in BC; 110% capture rate
•2.7 million litres of used antifreeze recovered in BC; 85% capture rate
•6.4 million units of used oil filters recovered in BC; 92% capture rate
•1.8 million kg of used oil & antifreeze containers recovered in BC; 85% capture rate

In 2019 BCUOMA collected the highest total amount of used oil in the program’s history

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Tire Stewardship BC

•+800 return collection facilities across British Columbia
•+$5 million in grants to 290 projects in 92 communities throughout BC for the use of BC recycled rubber for playgrounds, arena flooring and running tracks since 2009
•24 new grants in 2019 for projects using BC recycled rubber