Why isn’t all packaging and printed paper materials accepted in curbside and multi-family recycling?
While many types of packaging and paper can be recycled and are included in Recycle BC’s residential packaging and paper recycling program, some materials need to be kept separate from others in order to be recycled, and some materials are not accepted. Click here to see Recycle BC’s material list.
Foam packaging, plastic bags, and overwrap: Some materials, like foam packaging and plastic bags and overwrap, require special handling, which is why we ask that they be kept separate from other recyclables and taken to Recycle BC depots and/or London Drugs locations.
Glass: Deposit glass containers should be returned to depots for refund. In some communities, non-deposit glass containers (e.g. jars for sauces) are collected at curbside and from multi-family buildings, where they are kept separate from other recyclables. Otherwise, residents can take glass containers to Recycle BC depots. Check with your recycling collection provider for how glass is handled in your community.
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging: This category includes a variety of common food packaging — find our full list here. Other Flexible Plastic Packaging (OFPP) is only accepted at Recycle BC depots and London Drugs locations. Read more