On October 3, Vancouverites won’t notice much of a difference when the city’s residential recycling pick-up service transitions from the City of Vancouver to Multi-Material BC (MMBC) – a non-profit responsible for managing printed paper and packaging recycling throughout BC.
When it comes to filling your curbside or alleyway blue box or cart with accepted materials, MMBC’s free app will help Vancouverites do their part. Available on both Apple and Android devices, the app explains exactly what can and can’t be recycled at home, provides collection schedules, and sends out reminders in communities MMBC directly services – which will be the case in Vancouver starting October 3. As an incentive, residents can enter to win four Vancouver Whitecaps suite tickets just by downloading the app.
Materials accepted in the recycling program won’t change, although new boxes or carts for segregated glass will be provided for residences that don’t already have them. Smithrite will provide weekly pick-up of residential recycling for single family homes (and select multi-family dwellings), while Waste Management will provide pick-up at apartments and condos currently being serviced directly by the City.
As a head-start on your recycling knowledge, here are the materials that must be taken to a depot:
- Plastic bags and overwrap (Grocery bags and overwrap for mattresses)
- Foam food containers and trays (Meat trays and foam egg cartons)
- Foam cushion packaging (Packaging to protect electronics and small appliances)