Product Stewardship in the Peace

Product Stewardship in the Peace

We have all used a Product Stewardship program, even if we didn't realize that was what we were doing.  Have you ever taken a beverage container to the depot and gotten your deposit back?  Ready-to-drink beverage containers are part of the most widely used stewardship program in Canada, and are a great example to explain just what Product Stewardships are.  BC was the first place in North America to introduce a mandatory deposit system in 1970, to help combat the problem of littered beverage containers.  This program, and others like it, makes everyone involved in the lifecycle of the product responsible for its disposal. 

When you buy a bottle of pop at the store, a refundable deposit is charged, as well as a recycling or eco-fee.  These fees are used to fund the Stewardship programs, which make sure the products are disposed of safely and responsibly.  In the case of beverage containers, this simply means that they are collected for recycling or reuse, but Stewardship programs for other products exist to help prevent toxic materials from ending up in the solid waste stream or in the water treatment system.  Programs exist for more materials than some people may be aware of:

  • Paint
  • Solvents, flammable liquids and household pesticides
  • Expired medications
  • Batteries
  • Lights
  • Small Appliances
  • Powered Exercise Equipment
  • Electric Hobby Machines
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Tires
  • Oil and Antifreeze
  • Electronics
  • Packaging and Printed Paper
  • Electronic Toys

All of these programs are available in the Peace River Region, serving the very important purpose of keeping toxic materials out of our environment.  It is important to remember to NEVER dispose of any liquids or medications by flushing them down the toilet or pouring them down the drain.  If you have any questions regarding these programs, or whether or not a material is covered by a Stewardship Program, give the green line a call at 1-888-689-6328.  There is also the Prrrdy Says app available on Apple and Android devices.  Download the app and take Prrrdy with you.  You can type in the item you would like to recycle and the app will tell you the closest locations to you. 

Big or small, please recycle it all!