Recycling

Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)

10-cent recycling deposit added for milk and plant-based beverage containers

Deposits can be redeemed by returning containers to Return-It collection centres

 

Costs of repairs at Bings Creek Recycling Centre skyrocket. (File photo)
Costs of repairs at Bings Creek Recycling Centre skyrocket. (File photo)
The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)

Sustainable Clothing Project aims to help people, keep clothing out of landfill,

Unsold clothing from thrift stores gets distributed to people and families who need it

The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)
Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)

Some Vancouver Island residents going on six weeks without recycling pickup

Weather, high volumes, staff shortages and equipment repairs prolong capital region delays

Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)
In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. The Competition Bureau says Keurig Canada will pay a $3 million penalty in Canada for making false or misleading claims that its single-use K-cup pods can be recycled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toby Talbot, File

Keurig to pay $3 million fine for false, misleading claims on recycling of its K-CUPs

Keurig Canada has to change its packaging, publish notices about the changes

In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. The Competition Bureau says Keurig Canada will pay a $3 million penalty in Canada for making false or misleading claims that its single-use K-cup pods can be recycled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toby Talbot, File
Starting Dec. 27, Recycle BC has resumed the collection of Styrofoam at all Recycle BC depots (File photo)

CVRD’s recycling centres now allowing Styrofoam again

November’s flooding impacted deliveries to main centres

  • Jan 3, 2022
Starting Dec. 27, Recycle BC has resumed the collection of Styrofoam at all Recycle BC depots (File photo)
Recycling centres in the CVRD have resumed collecting glass, but Styrofoam collection still suspended

CVRD resumes collection glass at recycling centres

Styrofoam collection still suspended

  • Dec 25, 2021
Recycling centres in the CVRD have resumed collecting glass, but Styrofoam collection still suspended
The CVRD has begun a six-month pilot project to divert painted wood waste from the landfill. (File photo)

CVRD begins pilot project to divert painted wood waste from landfill

Pilot project will run for six months

  • Dec 13, 2021
The CVRD has begun a six-month pilot project to divert painted wood waste from the landfill. (File photo)
Recycling centres in the Cowichan Valley will be unable to accept glass and foam packaging until further notice. (File photo)

CVRD unable to accept glass, foam packaging until further notice

Flooding has impacted transportation corridors

  • Nov 23, 2021
Recycling centres in the Cowichan Valley will be unable to accept glass and foam packaging until further notice. (File photo)
Unacceptable contamination rates in recycling bins has led to North Cowichan launching an education campaign about the program. (File photo)

North Cowichan to begin inspecting recycling bins in January

Contamination rates too high

  • Nov 12, 2021
Unacceptable contamination rates in recycling bins has led to North Cowichan launching an education campaign about the program. (File photo)
Electronic cigarettes are seen in a display case at a store in downtown Montreal, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A study looks at the use of electronic cigarettes among Canadian teens and whether it might lead to tobacco use. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

E-cigarettes, mattresses, lithium-ion batteries soon to be recyclable in B.C.

Province working to expand recycling under extended producer responsibility five-year plan

Electronic cigarettes are seen in a display case at a store in downtown Montreal, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A study looks at the use of electronic cigarettes among Canadian teens and whether it might lead to tobacco use. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)

B.C. cities will no longer need provincial approval to launch single-use plastic ban

More than 20 municipalities in B.C. are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics

Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)
The 200 residents of the Nitinaht community now have recycling services for the first time in an effort led by local students. (Submitted photo)

Nitinaht community has recycling for first time thanks to students

Community’s students led the charge

  • Jul 2, 2021
The 200 residents of the Nitinaht community now have recycling services for the first time in an effort led by local students. (Submitted photo)
CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)

CVRD reports contamination in recyclables well above acceptable levels

Increased enforcement planned starting this summer

CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)

10,000 old Nanaimo-area garbage bins repurposed elsewhere on the Island

Used containers donated to school districts, communities to be reused

The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)
A Convertus biofuel facility in Surrey. Screenshot, Convertus Group video

Nanaimo facility could take some of Comox Strathcona’s compost

Industrial and commercial organics would likely be shipped, not regular food or yard waste

A Convertus biofuel facility in Surrey. Screenshot, Convertus Group video
Unbuilders owner Adam Corneil with employee Erin Watkins in front of a deconstructed hearth. Unbuilders crews carefully deconstruct old homes to rescue as many reusable materials as possible, including old-growth timber. (Unbuilders photo)

B.C. deconstruction company ignites Dragons’ Den interest

Unbuilders deconstructs and salvages old buildings instead of sending them to landfill

Unbuilders owner Adam Corneil with employee Erin Watkins in front of a deconstructed hearth. Unbuilders crews carefully deconstruct old homes to rescue as many reusable materials as possible, including old-growth timber. (Unbuilders photo)