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British Columbia, Canada


Recycle More Starting May 19th, 2014

Effective May 19, 2014 you can place NEW items in your blue cart or drop off at a recycling depot.  These changes are part of a new province-wide stewardship program for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP).

Here is an overview:

New Items Acceptable in May 2014 include:

  • Hot and cold paper drink cups (e.g. coffee cups)
  • Milk and milk substitute cartons (e.g. milk, soy, rice, almond milk containers, soup and broth “tetra-pak” type containers)
  • Plastic coated paper packaging (e.g. ice cream cartons, frozen meal boxes)
  • Aerosol cans, empty (e.g. hairspray, air freshener, wax and furniture polish)
  • Spiral wound cans (e.g. frozen juice, coffee cans, nuts, chips)
  • Microwaveable Paper Containers (e.g. single serve soups, paper bowls)

See the Depot Guide (click on Central Okanagan). 

Refer to What to Recycle Guide and Detailed Recycling List below for more details. Look at the quick reference Materials List.

Other New Changes Include:

  • Styrofoamtm recycling (e.g. meat trays, foam cups, egg cartons, electronics packaging) will be accepted at DEPOTS ONLY
  • Plastic film (e.g grocery bags etc.) will become a DEPOT ONLY item and will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling or garbage cart (although we can continue to use plastic bags for garbage)

Background Information of Packaging and Printed Paper Program in BC

In 2011, the BC government passed a regulation requiring all businesses that supply packaging and printed paper (PPP) to BC residential consumers be responsible for collecting and recycling that material once consumers are finished with it.

As a result, a non-profit organization called Multi Material BC was formed to represent businesses to meet their obligated under the recycling regulation.  MMBC, in consultation with stakeholders, including businesses and local governments, developed a stewardship plan to collect and recycle residential packaging and printed paper.  MMBC’s stewardship plan was approved by the provincial government in April 2013 and the program will launch on May 19, 2014.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland all have signed contracts with MMBC to collect recyclables on behalf of MMBC and in accordance with MMBC requirements.

The Packaging and Printed Paper program is province wide and means more items will be recycled than ever before.

For more information:

Call the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250

Email the Waste Reduction Office at

Call Sid Smith at District of Lake Country engineering operations 250-766-5650 (ext.220)

Visit Multi-Material BC’s website at

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