There is no regulation in BC that requires plastic products that are produced in or imported into the province to be recyclable or included in a recycling program.

The federal government is currently working on developing a regulatory framework for plastic packaging and certain single-use plastics that includes recycled content requirements and labelling rules for recyclability and compostability. And, from June 20, 2023, the manufacture and import for sale in Canada of plastic ring carriers, as defined in the Regulations, has been prohibited as part of the federal Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations.

Residential packaging plastics are accepted by Recycle BC for recycling under an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework. EPR is an approach to recycling that requires producers, such as manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to take responsibility for the life cycle of the products they sell. If you have comments or other feedback related to EPR requirements for products or packaging, they can be directed to the Extended Producer Responsibility branch at the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy here:

Visit RCBC’s Recyclepedia for drop-off options or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for all options available in your community.

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