The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and our member municipalities are now collecting a new waste category at participating waste depots, titled Other Flexible Plastic Packaging. This material is one of the fastest growing packaging types on the market and the largest category of packaging that previously wasn’t collected at depots throughout the SLRD in partnership with Recycle BC.
This material will be collected around the province and is part of a research and development project, led by Recycle BC and Merlin Plastic, to determine how they can best recycle this material. During this time, material that is unable to be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel to replace coal.
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging are essentially types of film and flexible plastics that often include multiple layers of different types of plastic, making it more difficult to recycle. Examples of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging include: stand-up and zipper lock pouches, like pouches for granola, frozen berries, etc.; crinkly wrappers and bags, like coffee bags, chip bags, or cellophane; flexible packaging with plastic seal, like packaging for fresh pasta or pre-packaged deli meats; non-food protective wrap like bubble wrap or plastic envelopes; and net bags for onions, avocados, lemons, etc.
Depots collecting Other Flexible Plastic Packaging in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District include:
- Lillooet Landfill and Recycling Centre
- Pemberton Waste Transfer Station
- Pemberton Bottle Depot and Recycling Centre
- Resort Municipality of Whistler Nesters Depot AND Function Junction Depot
- Squamish Recycling Centre - Green For Life (formerly Carney's Waste Systems)
Residents are reminded:
- To remove all food residue from all packaging to ensure it will be managed properly.
- Other Flexible Plastic, Film Plastic, Foam Plastic Packaging along with Glass Bottles & Jars are only accepted for recycling at drop-off depots or participating strata/ICI collections. DO NOT PUT these items in your curbside collection totes as they contaminate the recycling stream.
Click on the image below to view the Other Flexible Packaging Information Card.
For more information about Recycle BC and the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging program and find answers to frequently asked questions, visit RecycleBC.ca/FlexiblePackaging