Recycling

Campus View Elementary in Saanich has a new soft, non-slip playground surface made from 281 recycled B.C. scrap tires. (Courtesy Tire Stewardship BC)

Old tires give one Saanich elementary school’s playground a sustainable makeover

Campus View Elementary installs new playground surface made from recycled tires

 

Staffing issues could see blue boxes out overnight as Emterra staffing shortages hold up pickup across the Capital Regional District. (Black Press Media file photo)

Delays again for CRD blue box program as staffing issues return

Emterra Environmental facing staffing shortages, recycling pickup delays expected

 

Laska Pare, founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics, with the Victoria company’s first soap dish model, made from coffee lids that were discarded at local cafes. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)

Global plastic waste leads to Victoria company’s upcycled soap dish

Flipside Plastics is gearing up to release its new and improved model this fall

 

Recycling piles grow on Quadra Street as some residents go weeks without pickup early in 2022. Anyone with items left beyond 48 hours of the usual collection day should email <a href="mailto:crdbluebox@emterra.ca" target="_blank">crdbluebox@emterra.ca</a>. (Black Press Media file photo)

Consistent labour woes spur timeless advice on Greater Victoria recycling collection

Residents warned to expect ongoing delays as recycler seeks staff

Recycling piles grow on Quadra Street as some residents go weeks without pickup early in 2022. Anyone with items left beyond 48 hours of the usual collection day should email <a href="mailto:crdbluebox@emterra.ca" target="_blank">crdbluebox@emterra.ca</a>. (Black Press Media file photo)
Recycling collection will likely be delayed in Greater Victoria this week amid staffing shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)

Delays continue to plague recycling collection for fifth week in Greater Victoria

CRD renews call for residents to leave materials out past scheduled date

Recycling collection will likely be delayed in Greater Victoria this week amid staffing shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)
Recycling collection will likely be delayed in Greater Victoria this week amid staffing shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)

Staffing shortages likely to cause more recycling collection delays in CRD

Residents asked to leave materials out past scheduled date

Recycling collection will likely be delayed in Greater Victoria this week amid staffing shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)
The hot weather forecast for Greater Victoria this week is expected to cause potential delays in recycling collection, according to the Capital Regional District. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heat wave impacting recycling collection in the CRD this week

No reason given for last week’s pickup delays by Emterra

The hot weather forecast for Greater Victoria this week is expected to cause potential delays in recycling collection, according to the Capital Regional District. (Black Press Media file photo)
Curbside recycling collection faces delays in the Capital Regional District from July 18 to 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Recycling collection faces delays in CRD this week

Contractor working to pick up items on alternate days

Curbside recycling collection faces delays in the Capital Regional District from July 18 to 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
Burnaby vet technician Jocelyn Marsh shows off part of her pill bottle return program. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

B.C. veterinarian has plan to eliminate millions of pieces of plastic from Canadian clinics

Very simple changes can have a large impact if adopted broadly, Jocelyn Marsh says

Burnaby vet technician Jocelyn Marsh shows off part of her pill bottle return program. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
A playground furnished with recycled rubber. (Photo/ Tire Stewardship BC).

13 B.C. projects set to build playgrounds, recreation areas with thousands of recycled tires

TSBC contributes over $270,000 for the grant recipients’ infrastructure upgrades

A playground furnished with recycled rubber. (Photo/ Tire Stewardship BC).
Nickel Bros. move a home from the 600-block of Oliver Street in Oak Bay on June 14. (Photo by Erik Otto)

Houses on the move as recycling movement picks up momentum in Oak Bay

Nickel Bros. relocates houses across the south coast, moving more than 100 in 2021

Nickel Bros. move a home from the 600-block of Oliver Street in Oak Bay on June 14. (Photo by Erik Otto)
A small team of volunteers sorts the trash during the Oak Bay Tea Party. This year yielded seven bags each of soft plastics, hard plastics, compost and garbage. (Photo by Ron Carter)

Wet weather fouls up Oak Bay Tea Party trash sorters

Volunteers sort recycling, compost, garbage into 28 bags after thousands of visitors

A small team of volunteers sorts the trash during the Oak Bay Tea Party. This year yielded seven bags each of soft plastics, hard plastics, compost and garbage. (Photo by Ron Carter)
Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 students Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are collecting as much e-waste as possible between now and Sept. 1 for a shot at up to $1 million in scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association. (Courtesy of Gia Liu)

Langford students collecting e-waste for shot at $1M scholarship

Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are competing for scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association

Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 students Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are collecting as much e-waste as possible between now and Sept. 1 for a shot at up to $1 million in scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association. (Courtesy of Gia Liu)
Recycling delayed in Capital Regional District. (Black Press Media file photo)

Recycling pickup disrupted in Greater Victoria on Tuesday and Wednesday

Majority of Emterra’s trucks not operating Tuesday, delayed by several hours Wednesday

Recycling delayed in Capital Regional District. (Black Press Media file photo)
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

Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)
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)
Cascades Recovery, Greater Victoria’s primary sorting facility for recyclable materials, has experienced an equipment breakdown, resulting in an inability to accept residential and commercial recycling until the problem is resolved. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria recycling facility equipment breakdown leads to suspension of commercial pickups

Contingency plan put in place for continuation of blue box residential pickup

Cascades Recovery, Greater Victoria’s primary sorting facility for recyclable materials, has experienced an equipment breakdown, resulting in an inability to accept residential and commercial recycling until the problem is resolved. (Black Press Media file photo)
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 Victoria residents going on six weeks without recycling pickup

Perfect storm of weather, high volumes, staff shortages and equipment repairs prolong 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)
With Victoria’s new green takeout plan, customers purchase an $8 container at a participating business. The food comes packed in the reusable container. The customer brings the clean reusable container when ordering takeout from any participating business and receives it in a new container. (Courtesy Bread & Butter Collective)

Victoria restaurants launch reuseable takeout container program

City estimates 75,000 single-use items are trashed every day

With Victoria’s new green takeout plan, customers purchase an $8 container at a participating business. The food comes packed in the reusable container. The customer brings the clean reusable container when ordering takeout from any participating business and receives it in a new container. (Courtesy Bread & Butter Collective)
The CRD continues to face service delays in light of material volume, equipment issues, weather and other compounding factors. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD curbside recycling collection continues to face service delays

Residents encouraged to bring items to depot to help ease collection volume in the next few weeks

The CRD continues to face service delays in light of material volume, equipment issues, weather and other compounding factors. (Black Press Media file photo)