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Plastic Bags + Depots: A Recycling Match

Plastic bag recycling in the Recycle BC residential packaging and printed paper recycling program is a frequent topic for resident questions. We’ve previously discussed plastic bags and overwrap, and why throwing items that don’t belong in the recycling bin can be problematic, and below we revisit plastic bag recycling. First, a refresher: The Recycle BC …

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What to Do with Leaves, Pumpkins, and Broken Tools

Below we offer some ideas on how to dispose of several items we typically see this time of year. As the trees shed their leaves and we engage in the annual ritual of raking and bagging them, it is a good time for a reminder that yard trimmings do not belong in recycling collection containers …

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Waste Reduction Week: A Few Steps That Make a Real Difference

Sorting and setting out packaging and printed paper recycling are actions that thousands of British Columbians take every day, with real results. In the seven months that the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) program operated in 2014, BC residents recycled over 96,900 tonnes of packaging and printed paper. That’s over 425 tonnes a day! Every aerosol can, …

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Recycling Single-Use Coffee Pods

Did you know that single-use coffee pods are accepted in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program? They can be included with other containers (either in the container stream at depots or in multi-stream collection, or with all recycling in single-stream collection. Read about different streams here), if they are emptied …

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Other Places Take ‘X’, Why Not Recycle BC?

A question we frequently receive from residents sounds something like “I used to live in [another community in Canada] and there we could recycle [material]. Why can’t I recycle it here? The Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program is the result of the provincial Recycling Regulation. The regulation specifies that producers …

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How Much is Recycled?

When you set out packaging and printed paper to be collected as part of the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, we recycle as much of it as we can. In fact, in our first year of operations, over 93 percent of materials collected in our program were sent to material …

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How to Sort

Last week we covered the importance of sorting, and this week we will share some tips on how to sort materials for collection in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program. First, a little background on how recycling is collected: Depending on where you live, you might have to sort paper …

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The Importance of Sorting

Sorting your recycling is an important step to help ensure that materials collected in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program are recycled properly. Even if paper and cardboard is collected in the same container as plastic and metal packaging and cartons and coffee cups, you still need to sort these …

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Focus on Materials: Glass Containers

Non-deposit glass bottles and jars, typically used to package salad dressings, oils, vinegars, and pickles, are accepted in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program. Deposit glass containers for alcohol and juice are part of another stewardship program, and should be returned to a depot for the deposit refund. Other types …

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Summer Tour Recap

This weekend, at the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, is the final stop on the first ever MMBC summer tour. Including this weekend, we have attended nine events in different communities across the province, speaking to residents about how to recycle, and engaging them in interactive games. If you don’t have a chance to check …

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Recycling Lingo

The recycling industry is filled with an alphabet of acronyms and unfamiliar words. Have you heard any of these and wondered what they mean? Collector: Collectors in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program arrange for materials to be picked up from residents’ curbs or multi-family buildings or accept materials from …

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More on Recycling Coffee Cups and Cartons

Coffee cups and other “polycoated” containers are accepted in the Recycle BC residential packaging and printed paper recycling program. For many residents, recycling coffee cups and cartons at home is something that was previously unavailable prior to Recycle BC launching its program in May 2014, which may be why we regularly receive questions about them. …

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MMBC Recycling Myths and Truths

It’s myth-busting time! Today we visit some common myths about recycling, and explore some truths. 1. Anything I put out for recycling will be collected and recycled. MYTH The Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program is for packaging and printed paper only. Some packaging requires special handling, so we cannot accept …

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Recycling Out of Home

If you’ve been to a festival this summer chances are there was an option to recycle. And more quick-service restaurants and coffee shops have recycling. While neither event nor commercial recycling are part of the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, we are pleased to see more of these options available …

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Focus on Materials: Paper Recycling – Part 2

Last week, in the first of our two-part series, we shared some information about paper recycling in the MMBC residential packaging and printed paper recycling program. This week we conclude the series with information about paper packaging. Paper packaging largely consists of boxes, such as those used for shoes, cereal, toothpaste, pizza, and crackers. These …

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