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Electric outdoor power equipment is included in a provincial recycling program, managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC). Included in this program are electric lawn mowers, trimmers, tillers, chain saws, and other equipment. For a complete list of accepted items, visit the OPEIC website. These items are accepted free of charge at a number of recycling depots across the province. To find your nearest drop off facility, visit the OPEIC Depot Locator, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline, or check the RCBC Recyclepedia.
Outdoor power equipment that relies on a fuel-powered engine is not included in the program. Some scrap metal sites or private recycling companies may accept them at their discretion. If your outdoor power equipment has gasoline or oil inside, these fluids must be drained prior to drop-off. Gasoline must be placed in a ULC approved container, such as a jerry can. Leftover gasoline can then be taken to a designated recycling depot. Leftover oil can also be taken to a designated recycling location for free.
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