About Recycle BC
Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia, servicing over two million households or over 99% of BC through curbside, multi-family and/or depot services.
We ensure packaging and paper product is collected from households and recycling depots, sorted and responsibly managed and recycled. Recycle BC provides recycling services either directly to communities or by working in partnership with local governments, First Nations, private companies, and other not-for-profit organizations. 183 communities participate in our recycling collection program and more are serviced by our recycling depots. In 2021 over 210,000 tonnes of material was collected from households and depots.
Our program is funded by businesses, like retailers, manufacturers and restaurants that supply packaging and paper products to BC residents, shifting costs away from homeowners.
We are grateful to live, work, and be in relation with First Nation people from across many traditional and unceded territories, covering all regions of British Columbia. We value the opportunity to learn and share experiences on this traditional territory. The Indigenous communities were the original stewards of the environment, and they continue to fulfill that role today. We are proud to both collaborate with First Nations as well as commit to that work ourselves.
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 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 paper product 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.