Drop Off and Take Back Programs

Blue banner with cut outs of different items that are accepted in the drop off and take back programs

The City of Richmond works with local companies and organizations to support BC's Product Stewardship Programs.

Products Recycled Through Take Back Programs

Batteries Oil and antifreeze
Beverage containers Paint
Cell phones Pesticides, flammable liquids and fertilizers
Electrical outdoor power equipment Small appliances and power tools
Electronics Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
Lighting products Thermostats
Medication Tires
Major appliances

About Take Back Programs

Take back programs or Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are based on the principle that whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product is also responsible for minimizing that product's environmental impact.

The key participants in these programs are the BC government, local government, producers, retailers and consumers who bring their products to designated collection sites when they are at their end of life. The cost of these programs are covered by consumers and producers, sometimes in the form of a deposit or levy that is charged at the time of the purchase.

Take back programs are important as they expand the opportunities for recycling beyond the curbside collection services. Some products can be dropped off at the Richmond Recycling Depot, while others are collected by local businesses involved in product stewardship or take back programs.

Related Links and Resources Richmond Recycling Depot Metro Vancouver Disposal Ban Program BC Recycles Stewardship Agencies of British Columbia (SABC) Metro Vancouver Recycling Directory RCBC Recycling Hotline: 604-732-9253 Richmond Environmental Programs 604-276-4010 garbageandrecycling@richmond.ca