As the result of an amendment to the BC Recycling Regulation, Recycle BC has added some single-use products and packaging-like products to its residential recycling program. Previously, only plastic, metal, and glass packaging, and paper products were included in the Recycle BC program. This change (effective Jan 1st 2023) expands the accepted material list to include items that are used as packaging or for a single use, but were purchased as a product; including things like plastic cutlery, aluminum foil baking tins, and reusable plastic shopping bags. For a full list of new additions, click here: https://recyclebc.ca/newitems
What we can recycle at the depot here on Mayne is determined by Recycle BC, which oversees collection and management of recyclable materials across the province. 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. In Recycle BC’s program, producers pay fees based on the amount of material they provide to BC residents, and the fees are used to manage collection and recycling programs. The new amendment to the provincial regulation requires producers to take responsibility for a greater range of products.
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Despite very wet, cool weather, 90 dedicated volunteers participated in the annual Mayne Island Beach cleanup, held on Sunday, May 15th. A big thank you to all the beach cleaners, captains, and depot crew that came out on Sunday, and also thanks to those of you who have picked up garbage on your beach walks throughout the year! This year's cleanup removed 583 kg of plastic, styrofoam, tires, and other garbage from our beaches: that's over half a metric tonne of material that would otherwise pollute our natural environment and cause harmful effects to intertidal and marine life.
A number of participants noticed the mess caused by the breakdown of styrofoam into tiny granules that are almost impossible to remove from the beach. If you share this concern, please consider writing a letter to our MLA, Adam Olsen, and our Environment Minister, George Heyman, to take action to regulate or ban the presence of styrofoam in the marine environment.
Mayne Island Recycling Society Annual General Meeting
Tuesday May 24th 2022, 7:00 PM
Dinner Bay Park, Adachi Pavilion, Mayne Island BC
Hear about the changes in recycling in BC and on Mayne Island
Memberships available at the door
On Sunday May 15th 2022 at 10am, the Recycling and Conservancy Societies will host their annual beach clean-up here on Mayne Island. We first started holding these events some 20 years ago. These clean-ups have always been a popular activity, with often a hundred volunteers clearing a ton or more of debris from our beaches. If you would like to join us on May 15th, click here to learn more and find a team captain in your area!
Effective February 1, 2022, a provincially mandated deposit fee will be charged for milk containers at point of purchase. This applies to milk containers of all sizes, both plastic and cartons, and also applies to milk substitutes such as soy milk, almond milk and oat milk.
This deposit regulation does NOT apply to: containers of buttermilk, whipping cream, all other various types of cream, condensed or evaporated milk, infant formula, dietary or meal replacement supplements (e.g. Boost), drinkable yogurt, dairy concentrates, modified milk- derived products (e.g. kafir), or other dairy products such as yogurt, pudding, sour cream, cheese, ice-cream, etc.
The deposit fees on milk containers can be redeemed at a Bottle Depot. For those people bringing their containers to our Recycling Depot, there will be a separate tote for your deposit milk containers. All other dairy containers will continue to be collected with the non-deposit plastic, paper and metal containers.
Covid operations still currently apply at the Depot — altered schedule; only 3 cars at a time in the depot bays; mask wearing is mandatory.