Waste & Recycling
Using resources in a smart way
Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do – from small homes to big businesses. Preventing waste is a simple way to save money by only using what we need. When we recycle, materials like paper, plastic and metal can be used again to make new products, instead of taking new resources out of the Earth. Who knows what your egg carton or juice bottle could become next!
Recycle your old mattress
Most IKEA stores in Canada offer a mattress recycling service if you purchase delivery of your new IKEA mattress. We ensure that your old mattress is taken away, disassembled into components, and repurposed for future use. This is another way that IKEA is working to keep waste out of landfills.
Free recycling for batteries and bulbs
Batteries and energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain low levels of mercury and must be recycled properly. Since 2001, all IKEA locations in Canada have offered a free "Take Back" program for CFLs and batteries - even for non-IKEA brands. Simply bring your old ones back to the stores and deposit them at our recycling station.
Please note: This service is intended for IKEA customers to recycle only household items.
Create your own recycling solution
Local recycling systems around the world can be very different, which is why we made a modular system that you can customize. This space-saving system helps you separate your recyclables in a way that works for you. The bins are easy to lift and carry, and the lids lock in odours.
Get creative with ways to sort
PLUGGIS waste sorting bin is compact, stackable and easy to clean. Consider one for every room to make recycling that much easier. Or why not stack two waste paper baskets and create a space efficient sorting station?
3 EASY WAYS TO PREVENT FOOD WASTE
Cook and save
Leftovers are great but who wants to eat spicy black bean soup five nights in a row? Make weekly dinner menus and store leftovers in the freezer for lunch another day.
Our KORKEN series containers are made from at least 40% recycled glass and can store your grandmother’s spiced chutney recipe when plums are in season.
Stack and store
We tend to eat what we see. As soon as you get home from the grocery store, put cereal, pasta and other dry goods in see-through containers for easy-to-find menu ideas.
Saving resources with rechargeable batteries
Making the switch to rechargeable batteries is a more sustainable alternative to disposable batteries. You’ll consume and throw away fewer batteries. With our new range of rechargeable batteries and battery chargers, it’s now more affordable and convenient than ever to use rechargeables at home.
Stay charged for longer
Our new rechargeable batteries can be charged up to 1500 times and are available in high and low energy capacities, so the most optimal battery can be chosen for a specific device. For example, a camera flash requires a lot of instant power, while a computer mouse consumes a lot less power for a longer period of time. Using the right batteries means you don’t need to recharge them as often.