We’re taking you on a room-by-room and item-by-item tour through your home helping to identify the biggest packaging and paper recycling opportunities. Despite BC residents being great recyclers overall, there are a number of recyclable items still being thrown away.

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See below for home recycling opportunities.

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BATHROOM

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

Item wdt_ID Opportunity (% of residents who currently throw away) How to recycle
Aerosol metal containers (e.g. spray sunscreen, hair spray) 1 33% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
*must be totally empty
Spray plastic containers (spray sunscreen, hair spray) 2 25% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Metal containers (e.g. hair product, hand cream) 3 21% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Hard plastic containers (e.g. shampoo, body wash, face wash, conditioner, mouthwash, sunscreen, moisturizer, pill bottles) 4 13% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Paper boxboard (e.g. toilet paper cores, soap bar boxes, tissue boxes, cosmetic boxes) 5 9% Recycle with paper (paper bag, bin, or cart)

KITCHEN

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

Item wdt_ID % of residents who currently throw away How to recycle
Single-use coffee pods (K-cup pods) 1 24% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
*remove lid and empty
Cartons (e.g. soup, ice cream, chicken stock) 2 17% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Spiral wound cans (e.g. frozen fruit juice, chips, cookie dough) 3 23% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Plastic clamshell (e.g. for baked goods, fruit, produce) 4 12% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Glass jars (non-deposit) (e.g. olive oil, honey, pasta sauce, spice jars) 5 11% Recycle with glass (depot, glass bin (if available))
Milk and milk substitute cartons (e.g. milk, soy milk, almond milk, eggnog, cream) 6 10% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Metal cans (e.g. beans, corn, soup, chili, tomato paste, cat food, tuna) 7 8% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Hard plastic containers and packaging (e.g. condiments, salad dressing, vinegar, pre-packaged salad, dried fruit, protein powder, margarine) 8 8% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Pulp paper (e.g., egg cartons, berry boxes and trays) 9 8% Recycle with paper (bag, bin, or cart)
Paper boxboard (e.g. cereal box, baking soda, paper towel rolls) 10 6% Recycle with paper (bag, bin, or cart)

LAUNDRY ROOM

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

Item wdt_ID % of residents who currently throw away How to recycle
Aerosol metal containers (e.g. air freshener, disinfectant, shoe protector) 1 30% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Metal containers (e.g. shoe polish) 2 21% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Spiral wound paper containers (cleaning products) 3 20% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Hard plastic containers and packaging (e.g. laundry detergent, cleaning products, fabric softener) 4 11% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Paper boxboard (laundry detergent, paper towel rolls, product packaging) 5 7% Recycle with paper (bag, bin, or cart)

GARAGE/OUTDOOR

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

Item wdt_ID % of residents who currently throw away How to recycle
Aerosol metal containers (e.g. bug control, car interior cleaner, tire spray) 1 30% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
*must be totally empty
Plastic packaging (e.g. tools, windshield wiper packaging) 2 14% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Plastic pails (e.g. pet food, fertilizer, driveway salt) 3 11% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Hard plastic containers (e.g. weed killer, pest control, windshield washer fluid) 4 11% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)
Plastic plant pots and trays (e.g. flower pots) 5 10% Recycle with containers (blue bin, cart)

ALL ROOMS

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

DEPOT-ONLY

Ensure all containers are empty before recycling

Item wdt_ID % of residents who currently throw away How to recycle/return
Crinkly wrappers and bags (chip bags, granola bar wrappers, cookie bag, dried pasta bag, candy wrappers, etc.) 1 57% Return to depot (other flexible plastic packaging)
Plastic net bags (e.g. oranges, avocados, lemons, woven plastic rice bags) 2 52% Return to depot (other flexible plastic packaging)
Plastic overwrap (e.g. plastic wrap on pop flats, paper towels, toilet paper) 3 49% Return to depot (plastic bags and overwrap)
Flexible packaging with plastic seal (e.g. fresh pasta bags, pre-packaged deli meat and cheese packaging) 4 48% Return to depot (other flexible plastic packaging)
Stand up and zipper lock pouches (e.g. frozen berries, granola, raisins, beans or grains, laundry pods, dishwasher pods, liquid soap refills) 5 43% Return to depot (other flexible plastic packaging)
Foam packaging (e.g. take-out containers, egg cartons, meat trays, protective packaging for electronics, appliances, furniture, etc.) 6 38% Return to depot (foam packaging)