Team up with more than 500 retailers and charitable organizations in Ottawa to safely dispose, recycle or reuse consumer products at the end of their life cycle. You will be helping your community and the environment.
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.
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.
Some of the benefits of being a Take it Back! member include:
- Increased consumer traffic, as Take it Back! retailers are featured on the City's Waste Explorer.
- In-store promotional material to let everyone know you are a Take it Back! member.
- City-wide recognition as an environmentally responsible business.