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5 Tips to Recycle Hazardous Material Right

Are you tossing your cell phone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters, propane or butane canisters? If yes—then potentially—you are causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors. Follow these expert tips to rethink what you recycle and …

Recycling Depot Visit Do’s

As we resume elements of our regular daily routines, please remember businesses, including recycling depots, may have changed their process to ensure everyone’s safety. Many depots are limiting the number of visitors allowed inside, instituting traffic flow measures and requesting people maintain appropriate social distances during interactions to ensure they are complying with provincial orders. …

Recycle BC Resident Q&A

May 29, 2020 From @carmelynchimney: Can you recycle a glass candle holder that still has a bit of wax in the bottom? Answer: Glass and aluminum containers can be recycled but the wax has to be removed. An easy way to remove the wax is to scrape out the larger pieces with a spoon or, …

Tips from the Recycle BC Team

Adjusting to spending more at home has inspired some creative recycling tips and tricks with BC residents. We loved hearing your stories and sharing them on our blog so much that the Recycle BC team wants to get in on the action. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting recycling stories and advice from our …

Quick, Easy Crafts for Kids Using Your Recycling

During these times, some of us may find ourselves at home with the kids. They are lovely; it’s great to be able to spend so much time with them, but there’s no doubt that keeping them continually entertained can be a challenge. Many parents are likely constantly looking for project ideas to entertain the little …

Re-use Ideas You Didn’t Think Of (And Some You Already Knew)

There are plenty of recycling re-use suggestions to choose from online, but how many things you can put into a glass jar before you run out of stuff and space? We’ve put together some re-use suggestions you might not have considered – and some you may already be putting into practice. These are just ideas …

Easy Ways to Manage Extra Plastic Bags

You may be finding yourself with an excess of plastic bags at home as a result of guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety concerns resulted in some changes to how some stores were able to accommodate customers using reusable bags, and in some cases caused an increase in single-use plastic bag use. …

Recycle BC Home Tour By The Numbers

Recycle BC is launching a campaign encouraging British Columbians to use their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to become better recyclers. The online campaign takes residents room-by-room and item-by-item, helping them identify the residential packaging and paper people are least likely to recycle, based on a survey of 1,000 residents. View recycling opportunities …

Storage Tips from the pros – that’s you!

Keeping up with the Jonses shouldn’t be a focus, even at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from our neighbours. We asked you to share your recycling tips, storage hacks, and experiences in managing your recycling now that we’re spending more time at home. We received …

Keeping your plastic bags in check

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some stores were, or still are, limiting the use of reusable bags for grocery shopping in British Columbia for health and safety reasons. This means some residents may have had to rely on plastic bags to carry out their groceries. If you feel your plastic bag use is getting out of …

How to Recycle Common Take-Out Packaging

We’re currently spending more time at home and our daily routine has changed. You’re likely cooking a lot more at home – whether it’s breakfast or lunch or, if you’re like most of the Recycle BC team, snacking throughout the day thanks to the ever-present temptation of the fridge. Suddenly, it’s 6:00 pm and time …

Recycling storage tips while spending more time at home

Many of us have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapted accordingly. We are spending more time at home, consuming more of our meals at home, and possibly accumulating more packaging and paper recycling as a result. Our new reality is a home-based reality, which may mean you will find your recycling piling up temporarily. …

PARTICIPATE: What and Why do you recycle?

We want to hear from you about what packaging and paper you recycle. We are conducting a resident survey so we can better understand which specific accepted materials are not being setout or dropped off for collection, and why. This will help us identify present barriers and future opportunities to collect more Recycle BC program …

Holiday Recycling Tips and Tricks

We’ve said it before (for multiple occasions) but it bears repeating: holidays often bring additional packaging and paper recycling compared to the rest of the year. Of course, you can rely on our infographic and webpage to refresh your material knowledge — but we’d like to share a few extra tips to help keep your …