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What happens to my recycling?

Many materials that are used to package your favourite consumer products can be recycled again and again. From your shopping basket, to your blue box or cart, and back to your shopping basket, what happens to your recycling?   Step 1: Collected at curbside, multi-family dwellings, or depots When you set your materials out at …

Refine your packaging and paper recycling routine with Recycle BC

We know that British Columbians are good recyclers. In 2019, Recycle BC collected 78% of the material businesses reported they supplied to BC residents, or 185,692 tonnes of residential packaging and paper. We achieved this with your participation – when you set your material out for curbside pickup, recycle in your building’s collection carts, or …

Valentine’s Day Recycling In’s and Out’s

Love is in the air — and recycling is piling up! When you’re picking up something special for your valentine this year, keep our handy Valentine’s Day Ins and Outs tip sheet in mind. This year, we have the coveted endorsement from local recycling influencer, Bearnice – welcome back! There are many items that can …

What should I do with delivery packaging?

Over the past year, delivery packaging has increased for many BC residents. Whether it’s from take-out, online shopping, or grocery orders, it seemed there was no shortage of boxes, bags, and envelopes of all shapes and sizes. While it can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to the extra volume of material, there are …

Tis the Season for…Holiday Recycling!

The season of boxes, packaging, and gift wrap is quickly approaching. We want to to make sure you have the information you need to recycle right this season, so we’ve compiled a list of some common holiday packaging and paper, and where it can best be recycled – with paper, containers, or at the depot. …

Meet Bearnice – recycling advocate, social media influencer, actor

From the verdant rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, Recycle BC is thrilled to welcome Bearnice to the team. A recycling advocate and nature enthusiast, Bearnice is also one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in Hollywood North. Just off a successful turn as our spokesbear in our Nature Notices campaign, Bearnice is focusing her talent for …

A Solution for Halloween Packaging

Ghosts, goblins, witches, and – packaging? Unlike the usual spooky subjects, packaging doesn’t have to be scary because candy wrappers and other flexible plastic packaging can be returned to a Recycle BC depot or London Drugs location. Collection of other flexible plastic packaging provides a collection solution for many types of common food packaging, keeping …

Our Favourite Bike Rides in the Vancouver Area

There’s nothing better than feeling the breeze on your face as you ride through the streets or trails, enjoying everything nature has to offer in our beautiful area of the world. We’ve compiled some of our favourite Vancouver-area bike rides to help you enjoy the environment on two wheels. Whether you are an experienced road …

How We Can Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination is a major obstacle in the recycling process. It occurs when material that is not accepted for recycling is put in recycling bins. There are many examples of contamination and they include: Material not accepted by Recycle BC Material that is not packaging or paper Material that can’t be recycled with current recycling technology …

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 …