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Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Research and Development

Recycle BC has been collecting a new type of material, Other Flexible Plastic Packaging (OFPP), at all our depot locations since January 2019, as part of a research and development (R&D) project. Our key objective is to determine how we can best manage this material to recycle some, if not all, of this type of …

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What happens to my recycling?

Many materials that are used to package your favourite consumer products can be recycled again and again. From your shopping basket, to your blue box or cart, and back to your shopping basket, what happens to your recycling?   Step 1: Collected at curbside, multi-family dwellings, or depots When you set your materials out at …

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Refine your packaging and paper recycling routine with Recycle BC

We know that British Columbians are good recyclers. In 2019, Recycle BC collected 78% of the material businesses reported they supplied to BC residents, or 185,692 tonnes of residential packaging and paper. We achieved this with your participation – when you set your material out for curbside pickup, recycle in your building’s collection carts, or …

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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 Valentine’s Day Ins and Outs tip sheet in mind. This year, we have the coveted endorsement from local recycling influencer, Bearnice – welcome back! There are many items that can …

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What should I do with delivery packaging?

Over the past year, delivery packaging has increased for many BC residents. Whether it’s from take-out, online shopping, or grocery orders, it seemed there was no shortage of boxes, bags, and envelopes of all shapes and sizes. While it can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to the extra volume of material, there are …

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CSSA Signatory Partner of Canada Plastics Pact

Our national partner, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA), is a Signatory Partner of the Canada Plastics Pact, working towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste or pollution. Launching today, the Canada Plastics Pact is a collaborative initiative that unifies businesses, NGOs, and government across Canada’s …

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Recycle BC 2019 Greenhouse Gas Emission Results

As part of our Program Plan commitment to program performance measurement and continuous improvement, Recycle BC now tracks and reports Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of our program annually. In 2019, Recycle BC and its service providers measured their greenhouse gas emissions associated with residential waste paper and packaging recycling activities. These 2019 results create Recycle …

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Tis the Season for…Holiday Recycling!

The season of boxes, packaging, and gift wrap is quickly approaching. We want to to make sure you have the information you need to recycle right this season, so we’ve compiled a list of some common holiday packaging and paper, and where it can best be recycled – with paper, containers, or at the depot. …

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Meet Bearnice – recycling advocate, social media influencer, actor

From the verdant rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, Recycle BC is thrilled to welcome Bearnice to the team. A recycling advocate and nature enthusiast, Bearnice is also one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in Hollywood North. Just off a successful turn as our spokesbear in our Nature Notices campaign, Bearnice is focusing her talent for …

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A Solution for Halloween Packaging

Ghosts, goblins, witches, and – packaging? Unlike the usual spooky subjects, packaging doesn’t have to be scary because candy wrappers and other flexible plastic packaging can be returned to a Recycle BC depot or London Drugs location. Collection of other flexible plastic packaging provides a collection solution for many types of common food packaging, keeping …

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Our Favourite Bike Rides in the Vancouver Area

There’s nothing better than feeling the breeze on your face as you ride through the streets or trails, enjoying everything nature has to offer in our beautiful area of the world. September 28 – October 4 marks this year’s Bike to Work Week and we’re excited to be a partner. It might not actually be ‘work’ …

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How We Can Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination is a major obstacle in the recycling process. It occurs when material that is not accepted for recycling is put in recycling bins. There are many examples of contamination and they include: Material not accepted by Recycle BC Material that is not packaging or paper Material that can’t be recycled with current recycling technology …

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Performance Progress on New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Recycle BC and its national service partner, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), are proud endorsers of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and its vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. Recycle BC committed to achieve format-specific plastic targets and is pleased to report year-over-year progress in plastic …

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5 Tips to Recycle Hazardous Material Right

Are you tossing your cell phone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters, propane or butane canisters? If yes—then potentially—you are causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors. Follow these expert tips to rethink what you recycle and …

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Collection Financial Incentive Consultation

Recycle BC is consulting on the proposed financial incentive rates for curbside, multi-family and depot packaging and paper collection. On July 7 and 8, 2020 Recycle BC held information webinars to provide an overview of the payment methodology for depot, curbside and multi-family collection. This included results of the cost study conducted in early 2020, …

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