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Recycling Something Other than Packaging and Printed Paper

The Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program accepts only packaging and printed paper, and there are other materials that can be recycled elsewhere. First some background. MMBC’s program was established in response to changes to the provincial Recycling Regulation that require the producers of packaging and printed paper to be responsible …

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Recycling Process: A Journey

Recycling is turning one material into another so that it can be used again. When you set packaging and printed paper out for collection from your curb or multi-family building, or you take these materials to a depot, you’re sending them on the first part of a long journey. First, materials need to be collected. …

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Focus on Materials: Foam Packaging

The Recycle BC residential packaging and printed paper recycling program accepts foam packaging used to package household electronics and appliances or food, for example egg cartons; trays for meat, seafood, or vegetables; or take-out containers. This foam is lightweight and provides protection for its contents, and is often referred to as polystyrene or the brand …

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Canada Games Recycling: Leaving a Legacy

In December 2014, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) was announced as an official sponsor of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC. MMBC is providing 550 receptacles to be used to collect recycling between February 13 and March 1. After the games, the receptacles will be provided to Emterra Environmental to use to collect recycling …

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What is Extended Producer Responsibility, Anyway?

The Recycle BC residential packaging and paper recycling program is an example of extended producer responsibility (EPR), where the companies and organizations that produce or distribute a material—in this case packaging and paper—are responsible for collecting and managing the material at the end of its useful life. More than 20 similar programs exist in BC …

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How MMBC Fits Into the Pollution Prevention Hierarchy

The Multi-Material BC (MMBC) Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan outlines how MMBC operates within the pollution prevention hierarchy. The pollution prevention hierarchy is a series of steps to manage waste, in order of the preferred approach. It’s often simplified to “reduce, reuse, recycle”, but there are some additional steps. The first step of the …

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Recycling Firsts from MMBC

The Multi-Material BC (MMBC) packaging and printed paper program is the first program of its kind in Canada. That is, ours is the first program in Canada that is financed entirely through stewards (the companies that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents). Our program is also the first packaging and printed paper recycling …

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Is Your Recycling Unrecyclable?

Are you unintentionally preventing your recycling from being recycled? You could be if you are tying your recyclables into plastic bags (such as grocery bags) before placing them in your recycling or nesting different types of containers together (e.g. a metal can inside of a plastic tub). When we receive materials in these ways, they …

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What to do with holiday wrapping and recycling

You might find yourself with extra recycling after gifts have been exchanged and eggnog has been consumed (remember to add the empty container to your recycling!). Below are three tips for recycling over the holidays. Check your recycling collection schedule to see if it changes because of the holiday. If your recycling is collected directly …

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Preparing Your Recycling: Three Steps

You can help ensure that more materials are recycled as part of the MMBC packaging and printed paper recycling program by following these simple steps: Empty and rinse your containers. Containers with contents remaining can’t be recycled, and can harm workers in the recycling facility or damage machinery. Sort your materials for curbside or multi-family …

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Focus on Materials: Plastic Container Packaging

Many types of plastic container packaging are accepted in the Recycle BC packaging and paper product recycling program, including several containers that you might not think to include. (Note, while the references below are to lids, you can also recycle caps, tops, pumps, and spray nozzles.) Plastic cold drink cups and lids: These containers are …

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Packaging Codes: An Explanation

If you take a close look at the bottom of a plastic bottle or jar, you might notice a symbol consisting of a number surrounded by a triangle or three arrows in the shape of a triangle—this is called the resin identification code. Many people think that this symbol means that the package can be …

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What about Compostable or Biodegradable Packaging?

Compostable or biodegradable packaging is not accepted in Recycle BC’s program as it is incompatible with the recycling process. But what does that mean? When material is collected from residents’ curbs or from multi-family buildings, it is taken to a processing facility to be sorted into groups of like materials and baled. The result is …

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