The City's 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.
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! retailers, charitable organizations and depots can be found by searching items on the City's Waste Explorer.
Please be advised that the City of Ottawa makes no representations whatsoever about the Take it Back! retailers or organizations listed in the directory. Any links to third party websites or references to the retailers, organizations, products, services or publications do not constitute endorsement or approval by the City of Ottawa.
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 100 different products taken back by over 500 retailers and charitable organizations in 2017. Each year Take It Back! members divert over 500 tonnes of material from the municipal landfill.
For more information, please call 613-580-2424, ext. 22601