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Top Five Tips to Level Up Your Recycling Game at Home

A tidy garden or fresh coat of paint for your home can make a visual impact in your neighbourhood, but have you thought about your environmental impact? Residents in BC are some of the best recyclers in Canada, but it’s important to stay up-to-date and feel confident in your recycling know-how and Recycle BC is …

Hazardous Materials Focus: Compressed Gas

Summer is an interesting time in the recycling world. Collectors and processors see an increase in problematic seasonal materials that, in addition to contaminating recyclable materials, can pose serious problems including worker injury, explosions and fires. In this post, we look at one such hazardous item — compressed gas. Some examples of compressed gas include …

Rethink the way you recycle

In BC, we are some of North America’s best recyclers, but we can do much better! We want you to rethink the way you recycle and ensure the correct items are being put in your home recycling bins so everything we collect can be recycled. Recycling tips There are a number of things we can …

What Goes Where: A Recycling Bin Refresher

Recently, the CBC posted an article titled, “10 kinds of packaging that are a pain in the blue box,” that identified certain materials that should not be included in recycling containers. They write,   Certain kinds of packaging are just too hard for many recycling programs to handle. Some require consumers to take a few extra …

Material Update: Paper Bags Lined With Plastic

Paper bags lined with plastic are no longer accepted in the Recycle BC program due to recent changes and stricter guidelines in global recycling end-markets, Examples of paper bags lined with plastic include dog food bags and tortilla chip bags. With these changes in effect, it is more important than ever to keep recyclables sorted, …

Stop Talking Trash, and Start Recycling Coffee Cups in your Blue Bin!

British Columbians love their coffee, and today’s busy lifestyle means we’re often enjoying our java on the go. Unfortunately, improperly disposing of paper coffee cups creates a mountain of litter and garbage: • Thousands of coffee cups are tossed in garbage bins every week. • 25 per cent of coffee cup waste (using the City …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Boxing Day

Vancouver is Awesome is on a quest to uncover some unusual and (hopefully) interesting facts about the City of Vancouver. Today’s post is about Boxing Day, and relevant to the entire province. How did it get its name? Is it a shopping holiday all over the world? How much shopping is actually done? Has online shopping taken …

What is contamination?

You may have heard the term before, but what exactly is contamination in the context of residential recycling? Simply put, contamination is material that is not accepted for collection in Recycle BC’s curbside or multi-family packaging and paper collection program. Contamination, in this context can include one or more of the following examples: Material that …

Streetscape 2016/2017 Pilot Project Report Now Available

Recycle BC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, conducted a nine-month on-street recycling pilot project to encourage residents and visitors to recycle packaging and paper. The pilot project launched in August 2016 and ran until May 2017. The recycling stations are in 31 locations in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood and Second Beach in Stanley Park. Read …

Paper Recycling: The Dos and Don’ts

Paper makes up approximately 66% of the material collected in Recycle BC’s residential packaging and paper recycling program.  There are different types of paper included for recycling and it’s very important that only accepted materials are placed in your recycling to ensure it can be recycled and not rejected due to contamination. Below are the …

Increased Need To Keep Fibre Stream Clean

There have been some recent changes to paper/cardboard markets that need all collectors (depots, curbside, and multi-family) to be extra diligent about the amount of contamination and cross contamination in the recycling stream. What has changed? The majority of the paper/cardboard collected under the Recycle BC program is shipped to China and processed into new …

Same Recycling Program, New Brand

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) has a new name and is now Recycle BC! The program remains the same, and residents who previously received recycling services from Multi-Material BC will see no change to their services. Recycling collection schedule, collection company and contact information, and accepted materials will all remain the same. Read more about the transition …

Want to Recycle something that’s not Packaging or Paper?

Are you trying to recycle something that isn’t packaging or paper, like batteries, light bulbs or paint, for example? The Recycling Council of British Columbia can provide information about recycling other products. Visit them online at RCBC.ca or contact the Recycling Hotline. Contact by phone: Lower Mainland: 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253) British Columbia Toll Free: 1-800-667-4321 Contact by email: …