Potato chip bag, plastic pouch recycling now accepted in Cariboo

Program starts in June across 116 depots in B.C., to expand everywhere in province by 2019

Even in Horsefly, Lac La Hache and Nimpo Lake, you can now recycle potato chip bags and additional flexible plastic packaging which often ends up in landfills.

Recycle B.C. has launched a new collection process for the bags, which, as of June 1, has been implemented at 116 depots across the province. People can bring stand-up pouches, potato chip bags, zip lock bag and mesh bags used for produce to selected depots. This does not include curbside pickup.

Allen Langdon, managing director of Recycle B.C. said the project will help the organization determine how best to recycle the materials, which are among the fastest growing packaging on the market.

Due to the combined materials involved in the manufacturing of the various bags, it can be challenging to break down.

“Each day, we move closer toward our ultimate goal of collecting all types of packaging,” Langdon said.

The program expansion is being rolled out in three phases, with the first round of depots beginning collection in June, followed by additional depots voluntarily beginning collection in September. By 2019, all Recycle BC depots in the province are expected to collect this type of packaging.

Depot Collection Locations in the Cariboo Regional District

• 150 Mile House: 280 Likely Rd., 150 Mile House, BC V0K 2G0

• Baker Creek: 4831 Nazko Rd., Quesnel, BC V2J 7E1

• CCTS: 5025 Frizzi Rd., Williams Lake, BC V2G 3P1

• Forest Grove: 4504 Canim-Hendrix Lake Rd., 100 Mile House, BC V0K

• Frost Creek: 2734 Dog Creek Rd., Williams Lake, BC V2G 4W8

• Horsefly: 5601 Horsefly Rd., Cariboo, BC V0L

• Interlakes: 7377 Horse Lake Rd., Lone Butte, BC V0K 1X3

• Lac La Hache: 4202 Cariboo Hwy., Williams Lake, BC V2G 5A1

• Lone Butte: 6106 Little Fort Hwy., 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E2

• Nimpo Lake: 21140 Chilcotin Highway 20

• Watch Lake: 7923 Watch lake Rd., Lone Butte, BC V0K

• Wells: 10720 Barkerville Hwy., Wells, BC V0K

• Wildwood: 360, West Coast Rd., Williams Lake, BC V2G 5L7

Examples of accepted materials:

Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches

  • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries and prepared food
  • Zipper lock bags for fresh foods like grapes, berries and deli meat
  • Stand-up pouches for baby food and hand soap refills
  • Stand-up and zipper lock pouches for items like dried fruits, granola, sugar, oatmeal, quinoa, dish detergent pods and grated cheese

Crinkly Wrappers and Bags

  • Bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, coffee and cereal
  • Cellophane for flowers and gift baskets
  • Wrappers for cheese slices, snack bars and instant noodles
  • Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal
  • Packaging for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats and pre-packaged cheese

Woven and Net Plastic Bags

  • Net bags for avocados, onions, oranges, lemons and limes
  • Woven plastic bags for rice

Non-food Protective Packaging

  • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, plastic air packets and bubble wrap
  • Examples of materials that will not be part of the expanded program:
  • Plastic Squeeze Tubes
  • Plastic-lined Paper
  • Paper-lined Plastic
  • Plastic Strapping
  • 6-pack Rings
  • Biodegradable or Oxo Plastic
  • PVC/Vinyl

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