New items accepted for recycling!
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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