What can I do with my outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers, weed wackers and wood chippers?

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 others. 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 website, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline, or check the RCBC Recyclepedia.

Outdoor power equipment that relies on a fuel-powered engine is no longer 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. For a list of local facilities that would accept oil and gasoline, visit the RCBC Recyclepedia or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.


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