Holiday greetings from MMBC

  ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.   Gifts sat under the tree, all wrapped up with care, Tomorrow packaging and printed paper will be everywhere!   What to do with that plastic, this paper, that box? Recycle them, of course, but …

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Holiday recycling tips

Perhaps you are out getting some last minute holiday shopping done? If you are enjoying a specialty tea or coffee while out, be sure to bring your cup home and include it with your blue box container recycling. Both the lids and empty cups are recyclable – they go in your container recycling.  Paper sleeves …

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The ins and outs of wrapping materials

Sometimes your recyclables require a little more TLC to ensure that we what you are setting out for recycling actually gets recycled, and to prevent problems in the processing facility.  Here are some common holiday wrapping materials that people often wonder about:   Wrapping paper: While most wrapping paper can be included with your paper …

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Is your recycling naughty or nice?

This time of year the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) team sees a large volume of seasonal items come through recycling sorting facilities.  Many holiday items are recyclable, including wrapping paper, most gift packaging, and greeting cards and envelopes.  Other items, such as ribbons, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, stockings, toys, and menoras, are either not recyclable or …

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Wait! Don’t put that in your recycling

Even avid recyclers might be surprised that certain items should stay out of Multi-Material BC (MMBC) recycling bins. Here are the top five problem materials of 2015:   Books While magazines, catalogues and phone books are covered under the BC recycling regulation and are collected with other printed paper under MMBC’s stewardship program, hardcover and …

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City of Vancouver hands over recycling collection

Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver announced plans to have Multi-Material BC (MMBC) assume responsibility for residential single-family curbside and multi-family recycling, by the end of 2016. The City of Vancouver joined the MMBC program in May 2014, and since then have retained responsibility for managing single and multi-family collection with financial incentive from MMBC. Once the transition is …

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MRFs: Magical or Mysterious?

A few months ago we covered the journey that recyclables go on when they leave a curbside, multi-family building, or depot. Let’s take a closer look at the material recovery facility, or MRF, one of the key steps in that journey. A MRF (pronounced “merf”) is a facility where materials are dropped off by trucks …

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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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