What are your plans for Family Day this year? In B.C. the annual Family Day holiday will be celebrated on Monday, February 18th.
On Family Day, we often spend lots of time together. We plan a family hike, then do some crafting or fun activity together, and then usually get something done for the house. This year, we are working on getting some serious recycling done as a family – an important task to cross off our to-do list.
We regularly save things like dead batteries, large cardboard pieces that don’t fit in our weekly recycling collection, old electronics, and other items that need to go to the recycling centre and will use this day to get it all settled.
Checking around the house and finding things that can be recycled is a fun activity as a family – almost like a scavenger hunt! It also means you get to declutter your home while helping keep our landfills free of items that can be recycled. I like getting the kids involved and teaching them about taking care of the environment by recycling and disposing of certain items responsibly.
Recently I learned that in B.C. we can recycle lights and light bulbs of all shapes and sizes, including LEDs, halogens, incandescent, CFLs, fluorescent tubes and more. Light fixtures are also recyclable in B.C. including standing lamps, holiday string lights, chandeliers, bike lights and more. Since 2010, Product Care Recycling has been operating a light recycling program, and over 40 million lights have been recycled so far. This helps to keep glass, metal, and phosphor powder out of our landfills and waterways, and gives many of these components a second life.
This Family Day we are replacing burnt out light bulbs around the house, and we’ll be sure to take them to our closest recycling location. You can find a full list of locations and more information regarding where to take your specific items based on your own province at Productcare.org– the company also operates light recycling programs in Manitoba, Quebec and PEI.
Spending quality time with your little ones teaching them about recycling and sharing with friends and family who may not know that lights are recyclable could be a great use of your family holiday time.
How often do you visit your local recycling location? If it’s been a while – why not make this Family Day a Recycle Day?
Disclosure: I have partnered with Product Care Recycling and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.