Recycling

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

 

Three Nanaimo non-profits are holding Christmas tree chipping fundraisers Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8. (News Bulletin file photo)

Christmas tree chipping happens this coming weekend around Nanaimo

Nanaimo Lions Club, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, Nanaimo SPCA holding fundraisers Jan. 7-8

 

(Black Press Media Creative)

Christmas tree recycling is a good alternative to landfills

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

 

Steven Earle and Fay Weller, both directors with Island Futures, hope to heat greenhouses with waste vegetable oil. (Photo submitted)

Gabriola Island non-profit looking to use waste cooking oil to heat greenhouses

Island Futures Society received $23,000 from RDN’s zero waste fund

Steven Earle and Fay Weller, both directors with Island Futures, hope to heat greenhouses with waste vegetable oil. (Photo submitted)
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)
City of Nanaimo reminds residents about the Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Country Club Centre. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo residents reminded about recycle-reuse trunk sale at Country Club Centre

Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale will be held Saturday, July 16

City of Nanaimo reminds residents about the Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Country Club Centre. (Submitted photo)
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)
The city is asking residents to cut back on the amount of non-recyclable items being tossed in curbside recycling carts. (File photo)

Nanaimo feeling blue about too many non-recyclables going into the blue bins

City action plan will involve inspections of curbside recycling carts

The city is asking residents to cut back on the amount of non-recyclable items being tossed in curbside recycling carts. (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)
(PQB News file photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo to raise curbside collection fees

Residents to pay between $5 to $10 more annually

(PQB News 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
Use the right tool for the job to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. When household power tools have reached the end of their lifespan, recycle them for free at one of 200 locations across BC.

Save money, save the planet! Repair and recycling tips for small appliances and power tools

A little TLC can extend the life of many of these items, and when all else fails, recycling is free

  • Oct 11, 2021
Use the right tool for the job to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. When household power tools have reached the end of their lifespan, recycle them for free at one of 200 locations across BC.
Kelli Etheridge, co-owner of Vancouver Island Reusables, displays some of the take-out containers available to customers from restaurants participating in a reusable take-out container pilot program launched in Nanaimo this month. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

Nanaimo reusable container business tries to limit take-out trash

Reusables Vancouver Island supplies restaurants with returnable stainless steel take-out containers

Kelli Etheridge, co-owner of Vancouver Island Reusables, displays some of the take-out containers available to customers from restaurants participating in a reusable take-out container pilot program launched in Nanaimo this month. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
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
The Town of Ladysmith reports that two curbside audits this summer found contamination levels disruptive to waste management. (Black Press file photo)

Waste audits in Ladysmith find too many plastic bags in recycle bins

Checkout bags, potato chip bags, granola bar wrappers, unrinsed containers cause contamination

The Town of Ladysmith reports that two curbside audits this summer found contamination levels disruptive to waste management. (Black Press file photo)
Nanaimo Recycling Exchange conducted waste audits last fall and reported its findings to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management select committee last month. (News Bulletin file)

Waste audits in Nanaimo show more needs to be done to keep recyclables out of landfill

RDN working on mandatory waste separation bylaws for multi-family dwellings and businesses

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange conducted waste audits last fall and reported its findings to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management select committee last month. (News Bulletin file)
City of Nanaimo’s Reuse Rendezvous, a city-wide swap meet, is set to take place Aug. 14-15. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo residents can search for freebies with Reuse Rendezvous

City-wide swap meet takes place Aug. 14-15, offering chance to keep items out of landfill

City of Nanaimo’s Reuse Rendezvous, a city-wide swap meet, is set to take place Aug. 14-15. (News Bulletin file)
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