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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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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 Recycle BC 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 little …

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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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