About the Take it Back! Program


The City's award-winning Take it Back! program encourages local businesses to "take back" many of the household materials that they sell, and to ensure they are reused, recycled or disposed of properly. This program provides a convenient and safe way for residents of Ottawa to return household items that should not go in the garbage to participating retailers and charitable organizations. The program has become an alternative to the residential recycling boxes and Household Hazardous Waste depots. For example, used paint can be conveniently brought back to various Ottawa hardware retailers listed in the program.

Other examples of materials that can be returned through the Take it Back! program include: anti-freeze, cell phones, motor oil, tires, clothing, small appliances, flower pots, needles and syringes, eyeglasses, clothes hangers, rechargeable batteries and more.

Take it Back! partner retailers, charitable organizations and depots are listed in a directory and on the City's website at ottawa.ca/takeitback. The directories are available at City Hall, all Client Service Centres, libraries, community centres and some retail locations.

Since its inception, the Take it Back! program has grown from three automotive products taken back by 16 automotive retailers in 1997, to more than 130 different products taken back by over 800 retailers and charitable organizations in 2012. Each year Take It Back! Partners divert over 500 tonnes of material from the municipal landfill.

For more information, please call 613-580-2424, ext. 22601

Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES)

Ontario Electronic Stewardship is a not-for-profit organization formed by leading retail, information technology and consumer electronic companies to implement the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program Plan under the Waste Diversion Act.

The Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES) website was launched April 1, 2009 to provide information about recovering electronic waste for reuse and recycling. This will compliment Ottawa's current Take it Back! initiative by expanding the number of vendors accepting electronic waste.

Consumers who want to find nearby collection locations for their electronic waste can go to an interactive website, www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.

The Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) Program:

The Ontario Tire Stewardship Program is an industry funding organization incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion Act to implement and operate the Used Tires Program in the Province of Ontario. The OTS program is for recycling on-road and off-road tires supplied into the Ontario market. The program will divert tires away from landfilling and burning to 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) processing and uses. For more information and to obtain a listing of local OTS collection depots refer to the OTS website at www.rethinktires.ca/

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program:

The Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program offers residents of Ontario retailer depots in their communities where they can take MHSW materials. To find out what MHSW materials are accepted and to locate a take back location in your community, refer to the website:www.makethedrop.ca

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