Below shows the steps of the recycling process as the material travels through the Recycle BC system. It starts with collection, where you set-out at the curb, place in your multi-family recycling bins or return to a depot. It’s collected by our collection partners and brought to a receiving facility. From there, the material moves through our post-collection system where material is sorted, baled and sold to end markets.



Material is collected from homes and depots


Material is delivered to a receiving or sorting facility


Material is sorted from homes and depots


Material is baled with similar materials


Material is sold to end markets to be made into new packaging or products


Primary end markets

The majority of plastic, metal, and glass currently have North American end markets, and with our post-collection partner, GFL, we are working towards keeping the majority of paper in the Pacific Northwest as well.

See Our Recycling System In Action

See the other stages of the recycling process