New items can now be recycled at local depots and through home recycling programs thanks to the expansion of services in the Recycle BC program.
Effective January 1, 2023, Recycle BC is adding single-use products and packaging-like products to its residential recycling program. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District recycling program partners with Recycle BC to provide recycling services through local depots.
This change adds items that are used as packaging or a single use to the list of accepted materials. Previously, only plastic, metal and glass packaging and paper products were included in the Recycle BC program.
These new items must be placed in the correct bin at the CSRD depot to be properly recycled, says CSRD staff in a media release. A list of the newly accepted items indicated which category the item belongs in.
The new list includes products that are generally disposed of after a single or one-time use, such as plastic sandwich bags or throw-away party cups, bowls and plates. Single-use plastics are one of the most common items found on B.C. shores, says the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in a media release.
Newly accepted blue-box items include:
- plastic plates, bowls and cups;
- plastic cutlery and straws;
- plastic food storage containers;
- plastic hangers (that come with clothing);
- paper plates, bowls and cups (with thin plastic lining);
- aluminum foil;
- aluminum-foil baking dishes and pie plates; and
- metal storage tins (thin gauge).
Examples of flexible plastics now accepted at depots only:
- plastic sandwich and freezer bags;
- plastic shrink wrap;
- flexible plastic drop sheets and covering;
- flexible plastic bubble wrap (no bubble wrap-lined paper);
- flexible plastic recycling bags (blue, clear bags, or yellow or blue bags used for curb-side collection); and
- flexible plastic carry-out shopping bags (reusable).
“This expanded materials list will allow more material to be recycled, keep it out of landfills and stop it from littering the environment,” said Tamara Burns, executive director, Recycle BC. “Residents play a key role in recycling this material by enabling it to be collected – by putting it into their bins or taking materials to a depot.”
View the full list of newly accepted materials at RecycleBC.ca.