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What Can I Recycle and Shred?

 

Recycling — Multi-Family

Residential

What Can I Recycle?

MULTI-FAMILY

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Acceptable

Not Acceptable

Metal Containers

All tin and aluminum cans and lids, take-out aluminum plates, clean foil and empty aerosol containers

  • RINSE well
  • FLATTEN cans, if possible
paint cans
cans used for chemicals
scrap metal
propane tanks and cylinders
coat hangers
pots and pans
wiring and metal cords

Newspapers, Magazines, Office Paper

All newspapers, regular inserts and flyers. All magazines, catalogues, glossy brochures and phone books. Paper egg cartons and moulded cardboardfoil and non-paper gift wrap
paper towel/tissues
wax paper
soft and hard cover books
padded envelopes

Cardboard & Boxboard

Most cardboard boxes, brown paper bags, boxboard (e.g. cereal, cracker and shoe boxes), juice boxes and juice containers

  • REMOVE any liners
waxed cardboard
foam packaging
packaging labelled compostable or biodegradable

Plastic Containers

Plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, trays, caps, tops, lids and pumps

  • RINSE well
foam packaging
motor oil containers
beverage containers (return to depot for refund)

Other Not Acceptable Items

  • foam packaging
  • glass
  • electronics
  • food/organics
  • liquids
  • wood, rubber or cloth
  • disposable diapers
  • plastic bags and overwrap
  • kitchen stretch wrap and zipper lock bags

Foam packaging, glass, electronics, overwrap and plastic bags can be taken to approved recycling depots. For contact and location info, and material handling inquiries, please visit http://recyclinginbc.ca/mmbc-depots

Notes

  • Please rinse contaminated materials (ie, dirty containers).
  • Return deposit containers to depot for refund.
  • When using blue bags for material transfer, flatten bulky recyclables (cans, milk jugs, boxes) and set out bags only when full.
  • For multi-family residents with curbside pick-up, use of blue box or other containers instead of blue bags is preferable.
  • Different types of recyclables can comingeled. Large pieces of cardboard should be kept separate.
  • All multi-family residents using a large bin must place all materials in blue bags except large pieces of cardboard.
Recycling — Commercial

Commercial

What Can I Recycle?

COMMERCIAL

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Acceptable

Not Acceptable

Metal Containers

All tin and aluminum cans and lids, take-out aluminum plates and clean foil, empty aerosol containers

  • RINSE well
  • FLATTEN cans, if possible

Paint cans, cans used for chemicals, chip or foil bags, scrap metal, foil lined cardboard take-out containers, propane tanks and cylinders

Newspapers, Magazines, Office Paper

All office paper, newspapers, regular inserts and flyers. All magazines, catalogues, glossy brochures and phone books. Paper egg cartons and moulded cardboard

Foil and non-paper gift wrap, paper towel/tissues, soft and hardcover books, padded envelopes, wax paper, ribbons or bows

Cardboard & Boxboard

Cardboard boxes (shipping and pizza boxes), brown paper bags, boxboard (e.g. cereal, cracker and shoe boxes), carrier trays, paper cups,

  • FLATTEN larger cardboard boxes
Waxed cardboard, foam packaging, boxes with plastic window or wrap, packaging labeled compostable or biodegradable

Plastic Containers

Plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, trays, caps, tops, lids and pumps. 

  • RINSE well
  • REMOVE tops

film plastics (plastic bags and overwrap), motor oil containers, beverage containers (return to depot for refund)

Other Not Acceptable Items

  • foam packaging
  • glass
  • electronics
  • food/organics
  • liquids
  • wood, rubber or cloth
  • disposable diapers
  • plastic bags and overwrap
  • kitchen stretch wrap and zipper lock bags

Foam packaging, glass, electronics, and plastic bags can be taken to approved recycling depots. For contact and location info, and material handling inquiries, please visit http://acsrecycling.ca

Notes

  • Please rinse contaminated materials (ie, dirty containers).
  • Return deposit containers to depot for refund.
  • To conserve blue bags, flatten bulky recyclables (cans, milk jugs, boxes) and set out blue bags only when full.
  • Different types of recyclables can be placed in the same blue bag.
  • No material is to be placed in garbage bags.
  • For customers with a 3 yard bin or bag collection, all materials must be put out in blue bags except for large pieces of cardboard.
Shredding

Pick Up

What Can I Shred?

Acceptable

Not Acceptable

Paper

Office Paper
Magazines
Receipts
Blueprints
Stickers/Labels, Sticky Notes
Cheques/Cheque Books
Cardstock
Cardboard
Tissue Paper
Paper Towel
Napkins
Disposable Cups
Paper Dishes

Folders, Envelopes & Notebooks

Envelopes
Bound Notebooks
Duotangs
Acco Folders (empty if possible)
File Folders
Books

Plastic

(Keep separate)

Credit Cards
Overhead Slides
Laminated Materials
X-rays
Grocery Bags
Hard Plastic Containers
Food Wrappers

Media/Other

(Keep separate)

CDs
Pictures
DVDs
Cassette Tapes
Slides
Floppy Disks
Large Electronic Devices
Cloth/Textiles
Organics
Needles
Bio-hazardous Materials
Hard Drives
Metal Plates/Signs

Notes

  • Staples: May be left in
  • Paper Clips: May be left in
  • Rubber Bands: May be left in
  • Binders: Empty contents
  • Binder Clips: Remove
  • Acceptable materials listed in the Plastic and Media/Other sections are shredded separately from paper-based materials as they are not recyclable

If you have questions about other materials, please contact us.

Not On the List?

Find where to recycle other items like electronics, batteries and foam packaging using the Recycling Council of British Columbia Hotline (1.800.667.4321) or MultiMaterial BC's Depot Search.

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Other Resources

MultiMaterialBC – A non-profit organization that is responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC.

Recycling Council of British Columbia – A non-profit, membership driven organization that facilitates the exchange of ideas and knowledge about efficient solutions to eliminate waste.

National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) – The national association representing companies that specialize in secure information and document destruction.