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Live in a Community where MMBC will be providing Recycling Collection?

Where do I get information?
When does my collection start?

For a list of communities where MMBC will provide recycling collection and the start dates, go to http://recyclinginbc.ca/recycling-live-2/.

Are the bins protected from the elements (wind, rain, snow) or animals?

Take your recyclables to the curb or collection point no earlier than the night before schedule collection or by no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection. Retrieve the containers as soon as you can after they are emptied. Use something heavy, e.g., a rock or brick on top of the box to keep materials inside the container, helping to prevent spillage.

Recycling containers can easily be knocked over strewing recyclable materials all over. How can I avoid that?

Take your recyclables to the curb or collection point no earlier than the night before schedule collection or by no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection. Retrieve the containers as soon as you can after they are emptied. Use something heavy, e.g., a rock or brick on top of the box to keep materials inside the container, helping to prevent spillage.

Are we restricted by the amount of packaging and printed paper we can fit into the containers we currently have or are supposed to use?

Please recycle all the packaging and printed paper that is accepted in the MMBC recycling program. If the amount is more than you can get into the containers you have, you can use any sturdy box to hold additional materials, e.g., laundry basket.

I have a recycling guide but it is difficult to understand. Where can I find additional information on what to recycle?

There is a display of what can and cannot be recycled on the MMBC’s resident website. Go to RecyclingInBC.ca and click on “what can be recycled.”

Are glass bottles and jars recyclable?

Glass bottles and jars are recyclable but you must check the Recycling Guide that was delivered to your door to find if you may put it at the curb OR if you may recycle glass bottles and jars ONLY at a recycling drop-off depot.

Are plastic bags, dry cleaning bags and other plastic bags accepted in my curbside recycling?

No, not in your curbside recycling. Plastic bags and plastic overwrap are recyclable but ONLY by taking them to a drop-off recycling depot. A list of drop-off depots is included in your Recycling Guide. Check out “My Recycling” for your Recycling Guide<link to My Recycling>>.

Are foam plates, cups and trays recyclable?

Yes, you can recycle them but ONLY by taking them to a drop-off recycling depot. A list of drop-off depots is included in the Recycling Guide delivered to your house. Check out “My Recycling” for your Recycling Guide<link to My Recycling>>.

For Residents in Regional District of North Okanagan

I live in a community where Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) will be providing recycling collection and all my neighbours got a recycling box but I didn’t. Who do I contact to get one?

Call Emterra Environmental Customer Service at 250-545-4245 or email: askmebc2@emterra.ca

I live in a community where Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) will be providing recycling collection and I received a new recycling box but there was no recycling guide with it. How do I get one?

Call Emterra Environmental Customer Service at 250-545-4245 or email: askmebc2@emterra.ca

What do I do with the one-time-use, disposable, clear/blue plastic bags I’ve purchased and can’t use after May 19?

You can use those bags to set out your garbage or you can recycle them by taking them to a drop-off recycling depot where plastic bags and plastic overwrap are accepted.  A list of drop-off depots is included in the Recycling Guide delivered to your house. Check out “My Recycling” for your Recycling Guide<link to My Recycling>>.

I currently take my recycling to a special collection point. Will I still be able to do that under the MMBC recycling program that starts on May 19?

Yes, if you currently recycle by taking your containers to a special collection point, you will be able to continue doing so. Here is the list of the recycling container drop-off locations:

  • Hwy 97A - place your boxes at closest side road (Fenton, Salts, Emeny, Brodoway, Stroulger)
  • Mack Road - place your boxes at Enderby-Grindrod Rd
  • Naylor, Grove, Furlong and Fernwood Roads – place your boxes at Hadow Road
  • Keene and Matthews Road – place your boxes at Anderson Road
  • Campbelldale, Wheeler, Garrett, and Inch Logan Roads – place your boxes at corner of Inch Logan and Enderby- Grindrod Road
  • Monks Road - place your boxes at corner of Monks Road and Hwy 97A
  • Foxwood Road - place your boxes at corner of Foxwood and Crandlemire Road

Place your boxes at the road by 7 a.m.

Recycling boxes are difficult to carry to the road or curbside without everything spilling over. How do I keep the recyclables from spilling everywhere?

Try putting a little less in the boxes and using more of them. Stack the boxes on top of each other at the curb or place a heavy item (e.g. brick, rock) on top of the materials in each box to prevent spillage. If you need more space for recyclables you can use a rigid container such as a laundry basket.

The wind may blow materials out of the recycling boxes. How do I keep the recyclables from spilling out?

Try putting a little less in the boxes and using more of them. Stack the boxes on top of each other at the curb and place a heavy item (e.g. brick, rock) on top of the materials in each box to prevent them from blowing out on a windy day. If you need more space for recyclables you can use a rigid container such as a laundry basket.

Recycling and Waste Management in Multi-Residential Buildings

I own/manage a multi-residential building/strata. How do I find out about the new rules that affect recycling in my building?

 Emterra is an approved recycling collection service provider under the new recycling rules in BC. Visit www.emterra.ca/multi-family-recycling-BC to find out more.

I live in a multi-residential building/strata. How do I find out about changes to recycling in my building?

Recycling may have changed in your building. Contact your building superintendent or building manager to find out.  Visit www.emterra.ca/multi-family-recycling-BC to find out more.