Recycling

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)

B.C. cities will no longer need provincial approval to launch single-use plastic ban

More than 20 municipalities in B.C. are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics

Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)
The City of Nanaimo has been directed by Recycle B.C. to develop a recycling contamination remediation plan after 77 audits from 2018-2020 have calculated increasing contamination rates. (News Bulletin photo)
The City of Nanaimo has been directed by Recycle B.C. to develop a recycling contamination remediation plan after 77 audits from 2018-2020 have calculated increasing contamination rates. (News Bulletin photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo wants a three-bin system imposed on single-family homes to be applied to new developments. (PQB News file photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo wants a three-bin system imposed on single-family homes to be applied to new developments. (PQB News file photo)
It’s going to cost a few dollars more to dispose off mattresses at the Regional District of Nanaimo landfill sites. (Submitted photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo to increase fees for disposal of mattresses

Current rate of $15 per unit not enough to cover recycling

It’s going to cost a few dollars more to dispose off mattresses at the Regional District of Nanaimo landfill sites. (Submitted photo)
ElectroRecycle accepts more than 400 products, including household appliances, power tools and exercise equipment. When your toaster has reached the end of its lifespan, recycle it at one of over 200 collection locations across BC.

Recycle broken toasters, power tools and hundreds of other items FOR FREE!

Over 400 household items are accepted at collection locations across BC

  • Apr 19, 2021
ElectroRecycle accepts more than 400 products, including household appliances, power tools and exercise equipment. When your toaster has reached the end of its lifespan, recycle it at one of over 200 collection locations across BC.
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
Gabriola Island Recycling Organization seeks $103,000 in grant money from the Regional District of Nanaimo for a textile recovery program. (Black Press files)

RDN looks at providing $103,000 for clothing recycling on Gabriola Island

Recycling organization on Gabriola hopes to divert 23,600 kilograms of textile waste from landfill

Gabriola Island Recycling Organization seeks $103,000 in grant money from the Regional District of Nanaimo for a textile recovery program. (Black Press files)
The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo collects approximately 10,000 old garbage bins

Used containers donated to school districts, communities to be repurposed

The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)
A Convertus biofuel facility in Surrey. Screenshot, Convertus Group video

Nanaimo facility could take some of Comox Strathcona’s compost

Industrial and commercial organics would likely be shipped, not regular food or yard waste

A Convertus biofuel facility in Surrey. Screenshot, Convertus Group video
Adam Corneil sparked the attention of all six Dragons’ Den judges after pitching his deconstruction business. (Screenshot from Dragon’s Den Oct. 29, 2020 episode)

B.C. deconstruction company ignites Dragons’ Den interest

Unbuilders deconstructs and salvages old buildings instead of sending them to landfill

Adam Corneil sparked the attention of all six Dragons’ Den judges after pitching his deconstruction business. (Screenshot from Dragon’s Den Oct. 29, 2020 episode)
Plastic checkout bags could be banned in Nanaimo by next summer if a city bylaw receives provincial approval. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo moves closer to banning plastic and other single-use checkout bags

Nanaimo city council votes to forward checkout bag regulation bylaw to province for approval

Plastic checkout bags could be banned in Nanaimo by next summer if a city bylaw receives provincial approval. (News Bulletin file photo)
Give power tools and small appliances a second life – OUT of the landfill

Give power tools and small appliances a second life – OUT of the landfill

Free, easy ElectroRecycle program welcomes 400+ products

  • Oct 12, 2020
Give power tools and small appliances a second life – OUT of the landfill
The Regional District of Nanaimo’s new automated collection trucks. (RDN photo)

RDN’s new automated curbside collection service rolls out

Regional district says system safer for workers

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s new automated collection trucks. (RDN photo)
Large volumes of oversized cardboard is creating delays in collection service. The city is asking residents to make certain cardboard boxes are flattened and are smaller than 0.6 metres in all dimensions. (News Bulletin file photo)

Cardboard quantities causing curbside collection problems in Nanaimo

City asks Nanaimo residents to ensure cardboard is flattened to meet size requirements

Large volumes of oversized cardboard is creating delays in collection service. The city is asking residents to make certain cardboard boxes are flattened and are smaller than 0.6 metres in all dimensions. (News Bulletin file photo)