Clarification on residential recycling program processing in regards to CBC Marketplace story
Residents in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) may have heard about the recent CBC Marketplace story on the collection and recycling of commercial plastics. In light of this story, the SLRD would like to clarify how the residential recycling program within the SLRD functions and what happens to the collected recycling material.
The SLRD manages the Devine transfers station, Gold Bridge transfer station and the Lillooet landfill and recycling depot. Green for Life (GFL) is contracted by the SLRD to provide curbside collection (garbage, organics, recycling) in the communities of Britannia Beach and Furry Creek and to manage the Pemberton transfer station.
The SLRD is a partner in the Recycle BC program. All residential recycling materials collected at the above mentioned facilities are part of the Recycle BC recycling program.
Recycle BC manages residential recycling on behalf of municipalities for the majority of British Columbia and is responsible for processing the collected recyclable materials. The Recycle BC program is regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, is audited by a third party, and produces annual reports detailing its activities.
Recycle BC has published a response to the CBC Marketplace story in which they state that 99% of the plastics collected through the Recycle BC program are sent to Merlin Plastics in Vancouver for processing and recycling. Residential plastics recycling collected by GFL within the SLRD is recycled at Merlin Plastics.
According to Recycle BC, 87.3% of all materials collected through the Recycle BC programs were recycled in 2018 (8% were sent to the landfill due to contamination).
Please note that commercial businesses and multi-family buildings manage their own contracts with service providers for the collection, pick up and processing of their recycling.
Always consider the 5 R’s BEFORE recycling: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Repurpose BEFORE you recycle.