Recycling

Bear proof lids have been installed on the garbage dumpster at the Cowichan Lake Marina. Similar bear-proof bins are necessary throughout the town. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Waste pick-up woes frustrate Town of Lake Cowichan residents

Town looks at bear-proof garbage receptacles

 

Plastic water bottles are pictured in a blue box recycle bin in North Vancouver, B.C., on May 7, 2019. British Columbia is increasing the types of items it accepts for recycling in its residential blue box system and at depots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s blue box recycling system to accept more items, primarily single-use plastics

Mattresses, EV batteries, syringes to be added over next 4 years: province

 

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Christmas tree recycling is a good alternative to landfills

Taking down the Christmas tree is only one task after the holiday…

 

Christmas lights account for much of the light bulb waste found in landfills, according to Product Care Recycling. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

One way to support the Earth this holiday season? Recycle old decorations

Product Care Recycling is urging British Columbians to take care of holiday waste responsibly

Christmas lights account for much of the light bulb waste found in landfills, according to Product Care Recycling. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
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

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)
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

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)
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

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)
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)