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Finding the key to recycling

It’s easier than you think to find a place to recycle keys.

Our office just had the locks changed. Can we recycle our old keys? – Kim of Vancouver

Why yes, you can!

Keys are considered scrap metal, but you cannot put them into your curb-side blue bins.

You need to find a metal recycler near you. To find a depot location, call the B.C. Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253 or 1-800-667-4321 outside the Lower Mainland. Their phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also email your inquiries to hotline@rcbc.bc.ca. They’re outfitted with many hotline operators who would be happy to get back to you, and fast.

Since you’ll be collecting and dropping off a bunch of office keys, make the trip worthwhile.

Extend your collection to the “extra” keys your co-workers are toting around.

Too many of us are weighed down by keys and we don’t even recall what they’re for.

Ask your co-workers to scour drawers and key-chain holders at home.

Once you find a metal recycler, it doesn’t hurt to give them a call to confirm that they accept keys. One option I found is David’s Trading and Supply Ltd. in Vancouver.

They accept stainless steel, brass, coppers, aluminum and more. Check out davistrading.com.

David Suzuki Foundation
Lindsay Coulter gives you the straight goods on living green. Send your questions to queenofgreen@metronews.ca. For more great tips, visit The David Suzuki Foundation at davidsuzuki.org.

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