There comes a time when every electronic device reaches its expiry date, but the increasing concern is how we dispose of these devices. Ottawa has cracked down on how we get rid of our electronics by implementing some rules and regulations – for one, electronics can no longer be left roadside for pickup.
Disposing of your electronics isn’t as easy as throwing your old laptop into the garbage can. Electronics like computers, printers, hard drives and televisions produce dangerous toxins that make them a challenge to get rid of.
On its site, The City of Ottawa has a list of designated specific drop off places where you can bring your e-waste for proper disposal. It also provides resources on their site to help people identify the proper ways to get rid of their electronics.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, e-waste contains toxic substances that are hazardous to the environment and our health. Electronic waste makes up 5 percent of municipal solid waste, and that number increases as technology advances and we continuously trash our old gadgets for shiny new updated ones.
At Capital Junk, we know that that responsibly getting rid of your old electronics can be confusing and challenging – which is where we come in. We offer electronics recycling services in Ottawa to ensure that when we take care of your junk removal needs, we’re taking care of the environment too.
With over ten years of experience under our belt, we are a green company with considerable junk removal knowledge. We are hoarder clean out experts who want to make sure that your house isn’t full of clutter like unnecessary electronics and appliances – and we also want to protect the environment while at it.
When we take your electronics off of your hands, you will be able to rest easy knowing that we will dispose of them efficiently and responsibly.
It’s obvious that getting rid of your old printer isn’t as easy as tossing it or leaving it outside, but we understand that identifying the best plan of action for disposing your used electronics can also be a challenge.
If you’re looking to recycle your electronics in Ottawa, here’s the best way to go about it:
Don’t Expect Curbside Pickup
The City of Ottawa now asks that residents find an alternative way to recycle their electronics, as its municipal recycling program no longer picks up e-waste that is discarded roadside. Electronic items that are no longer permitted for pick up include desktop computers, televisions, laptops, monitors, copiers, printers, copiers, keyboards, and DVD players among other devices.
We promise that the city isn’t making things more difficult for no good reason. These items aren’t authorized for pick up because they have toxic materials that are hazardous to groundwater and soil. The no-pick up-regulation has ultimately been put into place as a precaution to protect us and the environment.
If you can’t get to a designated electronic drop off point to recycle your items or return them to a retailer, enlist the help of a professional e-waste removal company. Capital Junk offers professional E-Waste removal in Ottawa and cities across the GTA (Cambridge, Kitchener, Bradford etc.), because we understand just how large of a problem electronic waste can cause.
What you may not know, is that e-waste is responsible for 3000 tonnes of waste in landfills every year – that’s the equivalent to 300 garbage trucks. Be sure to get pricing information on our full-service e-waste removal in Ottawa and surrounding cities; we’re cost-effective and want to help you!
We’re happy to answer any of your questions surrounding electronic disposal in Ottawa.
Return it to the Retailer
For example, if you are getting rid of your computer, there are a variety of retailers who will take it back from you and ensure that it is recycled responsibly. Select Staples and Best Buys are among the variety of stores that you can bring your computer back to.
The best way to identify what retailers will take back electronics for recycling is to consult Waste Explorer. This is a database affiliated with the City of Ottawa that will tell you exactly what retailer or drop off centre near you will take back a specific item for reuse or recycling.
The database includes over 575 Ottawa retailers, and will also let you know if (unfortunately) there are no retailers that will take your item. In that case, a full-service junk removal company is your best option! You can also utilize Recycle my Electronics for any other questions about e-waste depots where you can drop off your electronics.
Consult the City of Ottawa
If you have recycling questions specific to Ottawa, it’s best to consult the City of Ottawa website to determine what you can and cannot do when it comes to disposing of your e-waste. The city outlines different e-waste removal initiatives such as the Take it Back! Program, what won’t be accepted for pickup, and more.
If you don’t want to hurt the environment by recycling your electronic devices improperly, if they are still working you can always give them a new home! Sometimes we need our old computer or stereo out of the way not because it doesn’t work, but just because we don’t need it. If that’s the case, donate your used items so that they get re-used.
If you opt for our full-service e-waste removal, we will make sure your re-usable items get donated to local charities like The Ottawa Mission and The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services.
Use an Environmentally Conscious Company
If you decide to enlist the help of a junk removal company to properly recycle your electronics, do your research to find out which ones have the environment’s best interest in mind.
We are a green company that works to ensure that whatever we collect from your home or office will be recycled properly and not get sent directly to a landfill. In fact, we have our own recycling centre where we sort through everything that we collect to make sure it all goes to the right place.
We are proud to be an environmentally conscious full-service junk removal company. We make a habit out of partaking in initiatives that help keep companies and organizations ecologically responsible.
For example, we are a member of the not-for-profit Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program that ensures that every affiliated business upholds environmentally sound electronic recycling practices.
Take Part in Initiatives and Events
In addition to the aforementioned Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program, there are a variety of recycling initiatives that different companies affiliate with. A key way to properly recycle your electronics in Ottawa is to see what types of programs are involved in these efforts.
Capital Junk, for one, hosts “Free E-Waste Drop Off Day” events throughout the year where we collect electronics and transport them to local e-waste facilities to get refurbished, reused, or recycled. At the event we take computer monitors, printers, keyboards, copiers, televisions, stereos, you name it.
We also host an annual E-Waste Pickup day, when we drive around Ottawa to collect your used electronics. Instead of our standard junk removal price, we just ask for a $20 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. Turns out, it’s easy to be environmentally cautious and charitable all at once!
Find Out What We Will Take
If you’re going to use a full-service junk removal company to help you properly dispose of your electronics, you need to be sure of what they take. For example, we have an extensive list on our site of what we take (because we take mostly everything).
Call Capital Junk
If you’re looking to recycle electronics in Ottawa, we’re the option to consider. Don’t wait until your basement is full of unused electronic devices – book a complimentary consultation with us to learn what your e-waste removal options are.
We are a trusted Ottawa-based full-service junk removal company that is happy to help you with all of your e-waste removal needs. Our other service areas also include – but are not limited to – Cambridge, Kingston, Brantford and Mississauga. Junk removal is needed everywhere, which is why we try to service as many cities as we can. We are committed to our customers, as well as being eco-friendly.
We’ve been in the business for over a decade, which is why we have such a firm grasp on why it’s important to be a green company at this time. We work with the environment and our customers in mind because both are incredibly important to us.
Get in touch with us today to get all of your unwanted electronics recycled responsibly.
All you have to do is give us a call, and we will book you an appointment in a two-hour window. We’ll give you a call 15 minutes before we show up to provide you with a complimentary quote.
All you have to do is give us the green light and we will deliver our same day service! We are happy to provide full-service junk removal – and e-waste removal – for residential and commercial spaces.