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 …

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What Happens To My Recycling?

Introduction: Recycle BC is responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling in BC. We ensure packaging and paper is collected from households, and recycling depots, processed and responsibly recycled. We service over 1.8 million households through curbside, multi-family and depot collection, including 98% of the population having access to depots and over 155 communities participating …

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Service Updates: Recycling Collection

Recycling collection has been affected by snow and weather conditions in some of the communities we service directly. View service updates for the City of Vancouver: RecycleBC.ca/Vancouver View service updates for the City of Coquitlam: RecycleBC.ca/Coquitlam   For communities not listed on our Community Collection page, please contact your municipality for service updates. Thank you …

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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 Recycling In’s and Out’s tip sheet in mind. There are many items that can be recycled like paper gift wrap, boxes, bags and cards right at home. For other items, …

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What’s included: Product vs. Packaging?

Do you often wonder why you can include plastic yogurt containers in your recycling bin, but not plastic toys? Or why you can include flyers and magazines, but not books? Recycle BC is responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling and collects material in accordance with Schedule 5 of the Province of BC’s Recycling Regulation. …

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Can I Recycle It: Plastic deodorant sticks?

In a growing market of personal hygiene products, the plastic deodorant stick has remained a constant on grocery and drug store shelves. As we all become more conscious about our plastic use, we’ve received more questions about this item. Admittedly, this can be a confusing item. While this packaging may seem easily recyclable, it comes …

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Get to Know The Pollution Prevention Hierarchy

We recently received an email from Ms. Martin’s class who are learning to “reduce, reuse, recycle” and we thought this was a great opportunity to share some information about the pollution prevention hierarchy. The Recycle BC program adheres to the pollution prevention hierarchy — a series of steps to manage waste, in order of the …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Revised Recycle BC Program Plan Submitted to BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

The revised Recycle BC Program Plan has been submitted to BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Over 150 organizations and communities participated in consultation meetings and Recycle BC received 29 written submissions as part of Phase Two consultations. Recycle BC gave careful consideration to all input received, a summary of which can be found …

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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 …

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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 …

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Recycle BC 2017 Annual Report

Today, Recycle BC released its 2017 annual report. In Recycle BC’s fourth year of operation, Recycle BC continued to provide reliable and convenient packaging and paper recycling services in British Columbia. 2017 Highlights: Launched our new brand in March 2017 to become Recycle BC. Over 174,000 tonnes of Recycle BC’s packaging and paper product was collected, amounting to a …

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116 Recycle BC Depots Collecting Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

As of Friday, June 1, stand-up pouches, crinkly potato chip bags and net bags for produce – just a few examples of items that fall under the umbrella category of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging – will be collected by 116 depots throughout the province as part of a research and development project led by Recycle …

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