About Recycle BC
Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout British Columbia, servicing over 1.7 million households or over 97% of BC.
We ensure packaging and printed paper is collected from households and recycling depots, sorted and recycled responsibly. Recycle BC provides recycling services either directly to communities or by working in partnership with local governments, First Nations, private companies, and other non-profit organizations.156 communities participate in our recycling collection program and more are serviced by our recycling depots. Each year approximately 186,000 tonnes of material is collected from households and depots.
Our program is funded by businesses, like retailers, manufacturers and restaurants that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents, so recycling costs are no longer funded by homeowners.
Recycle BC is supported in its work by Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA). CSSA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing support services to stewardship programs across Canada.
Recycle BC was originally launched in 2014 as Multi-Material BC (MMBC).
To be a recycling leader, inspiring and accelerating innovation in recycling technology, waste reduction, and packaging design.
To be a trusted environmental advocate and community partner offering equitable, effective and efficient residential recycling services.
Innovation – We constantly strive to find new solutions and be leading-edge.
Trust – We are a reliable partner.
Knowledge – We make evidence-based decisions that benefit current and future generations.
Service – We prioritize program attributes that create ease of use, simplicity of understanding, convenience, and equitable access.
Respect – We regard our community members and our partners by developing mutually-beneficial relationships.
Since 2011, the BC Recycling Regulation (part of the Environmental Management Act) requires businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents to assume responsibility for the cost of collecting, sorting and recycling these materials.
In 2014, Multi-Material BC was formed to help businesses meet their recycling obligations. In 2017, Multi-Material BC was renamed to Recycle BC.