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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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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