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Some recycling and solid waste facilities are temporarily closed, operating with reduced hours, or accepting a limited range of materials – please call ahead. Consider delaying your visit to facilities unless absolutely necessary by storing dry recyclables and other items at home temporarily.

The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) is Canada’s longest-serving recycling council established in 1974. As a registered charitable organization, our goal is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge that enable efficient solutions to eliminate waste.

Through our Recycling Hotline and Recyclepedia, we provide BC's most comprehensive source of information for the province's 17 Extended Producer Responsibility programs, curbside recycling systems, and other waste reduction/reuse options for products and materials British Columbians encounter every day. In 2019, we answered over 225,000 questions on recycling, reuse, and general waste reduction information! 

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COVID-19 Update

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, BC’s primary source of public information on waste and recycling, the BC Recycling Hotline, remains open to answer your waste and recycling related questions. Environmental Advisors are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm to answer questions directly: In the Lower Mainland, call 604-732-9253 (604-RECYCLE), or toll-free across BC at 1-800-667-4321.

Here are some guidelines and best practices to follow during this time: 

Recycling Depots: Some recycling depots have temporarily closed, while others are operating at reduced hours. Please consider storing dry items at home temporarily and delaying your visit unless absolutely necessary. If you must go, pre-sort your materials prior to arrival so you can limit interactions with attendants and minimize wait times. Please also call ahead or reach out the BC Recycling Hotline for up-to-date information on your local recycling centre. 

Curbside Recycling Collection: For most communities, curbside recycling collection is provided by Recycle BC. For information on changes to curbside recycling collection, please visit Recycle BC’s website at www.recyclebc.ca/covid19 

Curbside Garbage Collection: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect waste collection staff, please ensure that all personal hygiene products, including used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items are disposed of in the garbage. Garbage bags should be tied securely and disposed of as regular residential garbage.

If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick: All personal hygiene waste should be double-bagged in plastic garbage bags; securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage.

Please do not visit and recycling depots or solid waste facilities if you are in quarantine or self-isolation related to COVID-19. This is to protect the health and safety of staff and the public.

The BC Recycling Hotline will remain in operation throughout this public health emergency. RCBC staff are operating the system remotely to comply with BC Health Officer Bonnie Henry’s direction. This measure ensures their safety while providing British Columbians with full service levels. For more information, please call the Hotline  or email us your questions at [email protected]