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Focus on Materials: Paper Recycling – Part 1

This is a two-part post about paper recycling in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program. This week we cover printed paper. But what exactly is printed paper? Generally, printed paper includes flyers, bank statements, catalogues, and other papers that are delivered to your door or mailbox, or papers such as …

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Summer Recycling Tips

School’s out and summer is definitely here! We have compiled some tips on how to recycle or dispose of some of the things we use most over the summer. If you have been making the most of the daylight and warmth by spending time camping or barbequing, you might be wondering how to dispose of …

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2015 Annual Report

Yesterday, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) released its first annual report, which is a requirement under the Recycling Regulation. The report contains information about the program’s performance in its first 7.5 months of operations (the 2015 report will contain a full year, but since the program launched in mid-May, the 2014 report covers launch to December 31, …

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Hidden Recycling at Home Part 2

Last week we visited some of the rooms in the house where you will find packaging and printed paper accepted in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential recycling program. We conclude the two-part series this week with a few other rooms where you might be surprised to find recyclables. Baby’s Nursery If you have a new …

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Hidden Recycling at Home Part 1

Does your home have any hidden packaging and printed paper recycling? This week, in the first of our two-part series, we are looking at packaging and printed paper recyclables found in the kitchen and the bathroom. Pantry Once they are empty, many of the items within your cupboards will be ready to be recycled. Empty …

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MMBC’s Recycling Games in your Community: June

This year, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is launching a summer tour with stops throughout the province. We’ll be loaded with information about the residential packaging and printed paper accepted for recycling in BC, and we’re bringing interactive recycling games that will be fun for the family. Our first stop is in Castlegar on Friday, June 5 …

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One Year In: Reflecting on 12 months of Operations

Today is a milestone day for Multi-Material BC (MMBC). It’s the first anniversary of operations for our packaging and printed paper recycling program. As we reflect on this first year, we share some of the key highlights: Twenty communities have access to curbside recycling for the first time. This includes Prince George, a community of …

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Focus on Materials: Metal Packaging

Many different kinds of metal containers are accepted in the Recycle BC packaging and paper product recycling program. Most people know that cans and lids used for food such as beans, fruit, soups, and fish are accepted, but so are cans used for pet food. Leave the labels on; just give the cans a quick …

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Exploring the Recycling Life Cycle

Last week we explored some of the items that the materials collected in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) packaging and printed paper recycling program are turned into. But how does a plastic bottle go from a container in your recycling to cozy clothing? After your recycling is collected, it’s sorted and compacted into bales. The bales are …

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Why Recycle?

Yesterday was Earth Day, a day, which according to the Earth Day Network, is intended to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement. This movement has led to air and water quality standards, protection of at-risk animal populations, and of course, recycling programs to turn used materials into new ones. Recycling is a simple …

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Spring Advertising Campaign

Have you seen our new spring advertising campaign yet? We are calling it the Second Life campaign, and it includes television, online, radio, and print elements. The campaign went live on April 13, which includes: television ad running on BC Global stations online display ads appearing on several popular sites and in search advertising print …

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The Importance of Keeping Recycling “Clean”

We have already shared that not all packaging and printed paper can be recycled, so Multi-Material BC (MMBC) only collects packaging and printed paper for which a recycling process exists. Material re-manufacturers, which do the actual recycling, want the materials they receive to be as “clean” as possible. This doesn’t mean freshly-washed (though giving your …

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Spring Recycling Tips

As our thoughts shift from keeping warm during winter to early spring planting, here are a few recycling tips. Plastic plant pots and seedling trays are recyclable! If you are doing some early planting, remember to add your empty plastic plant pots and seedling trays to your recycling. A good shake or quick rinse goes …

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Understanding Materials: Packaging We Don’t Accept

If you read through the detailed list of materials that are accepted or not accepted in the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, you might have some questions about why some items are not accepted. Some of the packaging that is not accepted is made from two or more different types …

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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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