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Soft Plastic Collection Events

  This summer Recycle BC is hosting a number of soft plastics collection events around BC! Join us as we aim to keep plastic bags, plastic overwrap, stand-up zipper lock pouches, crinkly wrappers and bags, plastic net bags, and other flexible plastic packaging out of the landfill. Bring the following soft plastics to our team: …

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Pack Lean, Leave Clean

Summer is camping season in BC, and whether you are escaping the city for the day or sleeping under the stars, we are encouraging everyone to leave nature the way they found it with tips to Pack Lean, Leave Clean. Pack Lean, Leave Clean shares information about recycling camping packaging, specifically soft plastics. We want …

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

We are honoured to celebrate and collaborate with First Nations communities throughout the year. In British Columbia, various recycling programs are responsible for the collection and management of materials ranging from residential packaging and paper collected by Recycle BC to non-rechargeable batteries, to tires. Nine of these programs, including Recycle BC, came together in 2018 …

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How to Recycle Plastic Plant Pots

Celebrating Mother’s Day can include gifts or a nice brunch, but it’s most often celebrated with fresh, spring flowers. This past weekend is one of the busiest times of year for the purchase of potted plants and hopefully those plants will last for years to come. The plastic plant pots your new blooms arrive in, …

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Meet the Extended Team

By now, you’ve seen the stars of our Recycle Right campaign spreading our message of conscientious clean-up and environmental awareness. Yes, some of the scenarios our models posed for are exaggerated for the camera but being the pros they are, each of them took on the challenge of communicating a simple but effective message: Recycle …

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Milk and Plant-Based Beverage Containers Join Deposit System Feb 1

Starting on February 1, 2022 milk and plant-based beverage containers will be part of the BC deposit program. This means a 10c deposit will be charged on “ready to drink” milk and plant-based beverages, like oat milk, soy milk or almond milk. Residents can receive the deposit refund when the container is returned to a …

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Tips for Winter Weather Conditions

Over the past year, Mother Nature has put us all through her test of extreme weather. From heat domes to wildfires to atmospheric rivers to significant snow events – all these weather conditions can cause challenges for recycling collection. Most recently, many parts of BC are covered in a blanket of beautiful, white, slippery snow. …

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How You Can Reduce and Re-Use During the Holidays

Every year during the holidays, our homes generally have an increase in leftover packaging and paper from gifts, meals with loved ones, or decorations to make our homes festive and bright. Most of this material can be set out on your recycling collection day, or returned to a depot, and our Holiday Recycling Guide is …

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Material Collection Suspension – Glass bottles and jars and foam packaging

January 5: All depots and drop-off locations have resumed collection of foam packaging. December 23: We are pleased that we are now able to resume collection of foam packaging at depots province-wide, effective Monday December 27. This lifts the final remaining collection suspension, which affected glass bottles and jars and foam packaging over the past month. …

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5 myths about residential packaging and paper recycling in BC, debunked

Before we enter adulthood, we’re typically given a heads up about the essentials we need to navigate in the world, from mastering the art of cooking food to learning how to drive. But how often does recycling come into the equation, and even more specifically residential packaging and paper recycling? About 236,000 tonnes of packaging …

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Get your outdoor entertaining items sorted

Many of us have been able to take advantage of this year’s outdoor season in BC – whether camping or just enjoying some quality backyard time. With our annual dose of the outdoors, good food, and quality time with family and friends also comes the usual camping and entertaining waste. And we’re here to help …

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Recycle BC Expands Membership of Board of Directors

Recycle BC is pleased to announce the expansion of its Board of Directors with the appointment of three new members on Thursday, August 19, 2021. The new directors include individuals from the retail, restaurant and grocery industries in Western Canada. The new directors are: Robyn Collver – Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Chief Sustainability Officer, …

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Performance Progress on New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Recycle BC and its national service provider, 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 …

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Recycle BC 2020 Annual Report

In March, 2020, Recycle BC, along with its supply chain partners, quickly adapted to the new COVID-19 health and safety protocols to provide on-going delivery of recycling services to BC residents. Spending more time at home in 2020, residents placed a greater volume of material in recycling bins, bags and depots resulting in a significant …

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