household recycling

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

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Accepted Materials

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes used for shipping, grocery and liquor store boxes and pizza boxes
  • Cardboard and boxboard boxes used for cereal, shoes, tissues, pizza, frozen entrees, desserts, detergent, etc.
  • Carrier trays for bulk bottled water, soft drinks, cans, food, etc.
  • Cores for paper towels and toilet tissue
  • Moulded boxboard packaging for egg cartons, take-out beverage trays, paper-based plant pots
  • Paper bags (also called kraft paper) and envelopes
  • Multi-layered paper bags for flour, sugar, etc.


Where Accepted

  • Curbside collection
  • Recycle BC Depot
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot

 

Not Accepted

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating, such as empty boxes, made available for residents to transport their groceries home
  • Paper bags with multiple layers that include a foil layer
  • Paper bags with a plastic layer
  • Paper towels, napkins (include with green waste, if applicable)
  • Tissues

Printed Paper

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

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Accepted Materials

  • Newspapers, inserts and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Telephone books and other directories
  • Writing and home office paper, paper envelopes, and notepads
  • Paper gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Shredded paper (if your community separates containers and paper into different bins or bags for collection, set shredded paper out for collection in a paper bag or small box and place in your paper bin/bag; if your community collects paper and containers in the same bin, contain shredded paper in a clear plastic bag and place it in your recycling bin)


 Where Accepted

  • Curbside collection
  • Recycle BC Depot
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Hardcover or paperback books (donate or sell)
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries (contact the Recycling Council of BC for battery and e-waste recycling options)
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic bags used to cover newspapers/flyers (recycle at a Recycle BC depot)

Cartons & Paper Cups

Paper Packaging & Cardboard

Cartons & Paper Cups

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Accepted Materials

  • Paper cups for hot and cold beverages
  • Cartons and boxes for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs, broth, sauces, etc.
  • Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.


 Where Accepted

  • Curbside collection
  • Recycle BC Depot
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Straws
  • Juice cartons and boxes can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Glass Bottles & Jars

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

Cartons & Paper Cups

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Accepted Materials

  • Clear or coloured non-deposit glass bottles and jars. Check with your recycling collector for instructions.


Where Accepted

  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware
  • Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures
  • Deposit glass can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in segregated glass recycling

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

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Accepted Materials

  • Bags for groceries or dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers
  • Bags for produce, dry bulk foods and frozen vegetables
  • Outer bags and wrap for diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues and soft drink can flats
  • Bags for water softener salt and garden products
  • Overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment


 Where Accepted

  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Kitchen stretch wrap
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags (all colours)
  • Any bag sold as a product

Foam Packaging

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

Plastic Bags & Overwrap

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Accepted Materials

  • Plastic foam containers and trays used for meat and produce
  • Foam egg cartons
  • Foam clamshells, cups and bowls for take-out food
  • Foam cushion packaging to protect electronics, small appliances, etc.


 Where Accepted

  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips, or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Napkins, cutlery
  • Squishy or flexible foam
  • Furniture cushions

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

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Accepted Materials

  • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries, vegetables; fresh foods like fruit. deli meat, etc.
  • Stand-up pouches for dried fruit and nuts, quinoa, grated cheese, dish detergent pods, etc.
  • Bags for potato chips, wrappers for cheese slices and candy bars, cereal bags
  • Packaging for dry pasta, pre-packaged deli meats
  • Net bags for avocados, onions, citrus fruit
  • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, plastic air packets
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seals for fresh pasta, cheese, deli meats. Plastic seals, like those used on yogurt containers, are also accepted


 Where Accepted

  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Plastic-lined paper
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Plastic strapping
  • 6-pack ring
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • PVC/vinyl
  • Squishy foam
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills

Aluminum Containers

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

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Accepted Materials

  • Aluminum cans and lids used for food
  • Aluminum foil wrap and foil take-out containers, including pie plates, food trays, etc.
  • Empty aluminum aerosol containers used for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray, foam insulation, etc.


 Where Accepted

  • Curbside collection
  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


Not Accepted

 

  • Spray paint cans (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids
  • Aluminum beverage containers can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Steel Containers

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Plastic Containers

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Accepted Materials

  • For food including pet food; tins for cookies, tea, chocolates, etc.; includes metal lid
    • Empty and rinse cans. Labels are OK
    • Remove lids, drop into can and squeeze slightly


 Where Accepted

  • Curbside collection
  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Steel paint cans
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Propane cylinders
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal
  • Wiring or metal cords, extension cords
  • Steel beverage cans can be returned for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers

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Accepted Materials

  • Plastic jugs with screw tops used for milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent and fabric softener, cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluid, etc.
  • Plastic bottles with screw caps, spray pump, or pull-up tops for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products, pills and vitamins, laundry products, etc.
  • Plastic jars with wide mouths and screw-top lids for peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements, personal care products, etc.
  • Plastic clamshells with hinged or click-closed tops for baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc.
  • Plastic black-bottom trays and clear tops for deli chicken, single-serve meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares, and hardware such as screws or picture hangers, etc.
  • Plastic tubs and lids for food such as margarine and spreads, dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Plastic cold drink cups with lids for take-out beverages
  • Plastic garden pots and trays for bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.
  • Plastic pails less than 25L for laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food, etc.
  • Microwavable bowls and cups
  • Empty single-use coffee and tea pods; remove lids and do not include lids with recycling
  • Rigid plastic packaging for toys, toothbrushes, batteries, etc; remove paper backing and recycle separately


WHERE ACCEPTED

  • Curbside collection
  •  Recycle BC Depots
  • Augusta Recyclers Depot


 Not Accepted

  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Plastic paint cans (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Pails larger than 25L
  • Pails for lubricants and oils (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods
  • Beverage bottles or jugs for flavoured tea, juice, or other beverages can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in container recycling