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Easy Ways to Manage Extra Plastic Bags

You may be finding yourself with an excess of plastic bags at home as a result of guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety concerns resulted in some changes to how some stores were able to accommodate customers using reusable bags, and in some cases caused an increase in single-use plastic bag use. …

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Recycle BC Home Tour By The Numbers

Recycle BC is launching a campaign encouraging British Columbians to use their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to become better recyclers. The online campaign takes residents room-by-room and item-by-item, helping them identify the residential packaging and paper people are least likely to recycle, based on a survey of 1,000 residents. View recycling opportunities …

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Recycle BC invites residents to take a Recycling Home Tour during pandemic

Download the Recycle BC Home Tour media release Download the Recycle BC Home Tour backgrounder Page contents: Media release Backgrounder Media release Recycle BC is launching a campaign encouraging British Columbians to use their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to become better recyclers. The online campaign takes residents room-by-room and item-by-item, helping them …

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Storage Tips from the pros – that’s you!

Keeping up with the Jonses shouldn’t be a focus, even at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from our neighbours. We asked you to share your recycling tips, storage hacks, and experiences in managing your recycling now that we’re spending more time at home. We received …

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Keeping your plastic bags in check

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some stores were, or still are, limiting the use of reusable bags for grocery shopping in British Columbia for health and safety reasons. This means some residents may have had to rely on plastic bags to carry out their groceries. If you feel your plastic bag use is getting out of …

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How to Recycle Common Take-Out Packaging

We’re currently spending more time at home and our daily routine has changed. You’re likely cooking a lot more at home – whether it’s breakfast or lunch or, if you’re like most of the Recycle BC team, snacking throughout the day thanks to the ever-present temptation of the fridge. Suddenly, it’s 6:00 pm and time …

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Recycling storage tips while spending more time at home

Many of us have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapted accordingly. We are spending more time at home, consuming more of our meals at home, and possibly accumulating more packaging and paper recycling as a result. Our new reality is a home-based reality, which may mean you will find your recycling piling up temporarily. …

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What NOT to include in your recycling to prevent the spread of COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of our communities, which includes collection and sorting staff, please ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are not included in your recycling bins. Examples of these items are shown here: Recycling sorting staff manually remove …

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PARTICIPATE: What and Why do you recycle?

We want to hear from you about what packaging and paper you recycle. We are conducting a resident survey so we can better understand which specific accepted materials are not being setout or dropped off for collection, and why. This will help us identify present barriers and future opportunities to collect more Recycle BC program …

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Holiday Recycling Tips and Tricks

We’ve said it before (for multiple occasions) but it bears repeating: holidays often bring additional packaging and paper recycling compared to the rest of the year. Of course, you can rely on our infographic and webpage to refresh your material knowledge — but we’d like to share a few extra tips to help keep your …

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Recycle BC and CSSA’s progress on its plastic commitments released in New Global Commitment report

Recycle BC and its national service provider, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), are proud endorsers of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. Today, the Global Commitment released its first progress report. CSSA and Recycle BC’s progress on their commitments can be found …

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5 common (but easy to avoid) recycling mistakes you’re probably making

As a BC resident, you’re part of North America’s best group of recyclers. (Good job!) And although that’s absolutely something to be proud of, there’s always room for improvement. Perhaps you’re an avid recycling enthusiast, maybe your landlord helps you with recycling, or perhaps you’ve never known whether you’ve been recycling correctly or not. When …

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Recycle BC’s response to CBC Marketplace

The people of British Columbia can be proud to live in a province that has the most advanced and integrated processes for the management of residential recycling of anywhere in Canada. It is a non-profit system that is studied and praised around the world and, in the face of incredibly challenging recycling markets the world …

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Recycle BC Welcomes New Communities To Its Curbside Recycling Program

Four additional communities have joined the Recycle BC program. The City of Merritt, District of Hope, District of Logan Lake, and District of Sechelt are the latest municipalities to join the Recycle BC residential packaging and paper recycling program as collection partners. Under the new partnerships, the curbside collection programs continue to be operated by …

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One Million Tonnes Collected In Five Years

Five years ago, Recycle BC began operation as the province’s recycling program responsible for residential packaging and paper product. In that time, we’ve expanded our service area throughout the province, increased the number of depots residents have access to, and set an example of how extended producer responsibility (EPR) can improve recycling systems. Recently, we …

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