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CleanBC Single-use Plastics Submission

The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOECCS) recently issued a policy paper proposing a number of actions to address single use plastics in the environment and asking for feedback. In response Recycle BC submitted its comments. The Ministry’s Action Plan, found here, is divided into four key areas: 1) Bans on Single-Use Packaging: …

Recycle BC’s response to CBC Marketplace

The people of British Columbia can be proud to live in a province that has the most advanced and integrated processes for the management of residential recycling of anywhere in Canada. It is a non-profit system that is studied and praised around the world and, in the face of incredibly challenging recycling markets the world …

Recycle BC Welcomes New Communities To Its Curbside Recycling Program

Four additional communities have joined the Recycle BC program. The City of Merritt, District of Hope, District of Logan Lake, and District of Sechelt are the latest municipalities to join the Recycle BC residential packaging and paper recycling program as collection partners. Under the new partnerships, the curbside collection programs continue to be operated by …

One Million Tonnes Collected In Five Years

Five years ago, Recycle BC began operation as the province’s recycling program responsible for residential packaging and paper product. In that time, we’ve expanded our service area throughout the province, increased the number of depots residents have access to, and set an example of how extended producer responsibility (EPR) can improve recycling systems. Recently, we …

Recycle BC Calls on Public to Recycle Safe

Propane Canisters, Batteries, even Bullets – Recycle BC Calls on Public to Recycle Safe Vancouver – Recycle BC is sounding the alarm over the rising number of explosive and hazardous materials British Columbia residents are placing in the province’s residential packaging and paper recycling. BC’s major recycling collectors and processors have seen seven fires in …

2018 Annual Report

In 2018, Recycle BC provided reliable and convenient packaging and paper recycling services in BC and continued to build and strengthen effective partnerships, lead new recycling initiatives, uphold program performance and maintain financial stability. View our 2018 Annual Report Report highlights: Over 183,900 tonnes of Recycle BC’s packaging and paper product was collected, amounting to a recovery …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced steps to address plastic pollution

On Monday in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste. Read more about Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement: https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2019/06/10/government-canada-taking-action-reduce-plastic-pollution We’re fortunate in BC to lead the nation in recycling. George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, makes …

Victoria Area Depot Update

Recycle BC is committed to the environment and ensuring residents have access to recycling drop-off locations for their packaging and paper, specifically plastic bags and overwrap, foam packaging and other flexible plastic packaging. There have been some changes to the Victoria area depot locations. The Victoria area has four depots, including two new locations, and …

Recycle BC Blue Star Awards

Recycle BC Blue Star Awards Recycle BC celebrates its five-year anniversary May 2019 and we recognize we didn’t create a successful EPR recycling program alone. We had great stakeholders and partners supporting us. To celebrate our five-year anniversary, Recycle BC founded the Blue Star Award to share recognition with those who best exemplify Recycle BC’s …

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Recycle BC service partner, CSSA, sets commitments and endorses circular economy for plastics Recycle BC’s national service partner, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), is among more than 350 organizations worldwide to endorse the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. In addition to supporting CSSA’s endorsement, Recycle …

Recycle BC Post-Collection RFP

The initial contract term for Recycle BC’s post-collection services is approaching its expiry date of May 2020. Recycle BC is preparing for the management of a competitive procurement process and is seeking open dialogue with program stakeholders to help inform this process. Recycle BC’s Program Plan commits to award the primary processor contract(s) based on …

Canada’s Plastics Challenge

Plastics pollution is a global issue and world leaders are working towards solutions. Signing the Ocean Plastics Charter at the G7 Summit in June is one step Canada, as a nation, has taken. Another initiative the federal government has recently launched is providing Canadian inventors and entrepreneurs an opportunity to contribute as well. Innovative Solutions …

2018 Annual Steward Meeting Materials

CSSA’s Annual Steward Meeting (ASM) is hosted by CSSA on behalf of the stewardship programs, provides stewards with updates on packaging and paper recycling program performance along with next year’s program budgets and material fee rates. Download the Report to Stewards (also known as the pre-read) CSSA Executive Chair remarks (video) CSSA Materials Tool (video) View the …

Circular Economy Leadership Coalition Launches

The global issue of plastic pollution is in the forefront of headlines and reports.  You can take action at home by reducing use and recycling but is there more that can be done? While Recycle BC manages BC’s recycling program and helps educate residents to reduce and recycle packaging and paper, we also participate in …