How to Recycle Correctly
Common Recycling Issues
Richmond works with residents to increase understanding about how to recycle household materials correctly. Follow these simple tips to improve the quality of your recycling:
|What to watch for:||How to recycle correctly:|
|Glass bottles and glass jars||Put glass bottles and glass jars separately in the grey Glass Recycling Bin (curbside collection) or Glass Recycling Cart (centralized collection)|
|Broken glass / ceramic glassware||These cannot be recycled - please in Garbage Cart|
|Broken window glass||Disposal at Vancouver Landfill. Purchase a $5 Garbage Disposal Voucher that's good for up to $25 disposal charge value at the Vancouver Landfill.|
|Gently used ceramic glassware||Donate for reuse|
|Containers with food residue||Remove and rinse food residue before placing in recycling bin|
|Recyclable materials inside plastic bags||Place recyclable items individually in the Blue Box (not in a plastic bag)|
|Propane tanks / butane cylinders||Take to the Richmond Recycling Depot - 5555 Lynas Lane|
|Non-packaging plastic materials such as plastic utensils and straws||These cannot be recycled - please put in Garbage Cart|
Recyclable items not accepted in Blue Box/Blue Cart:
|Drop off at Richmond Recycling Depot -5555 Lynas Lane|
Residents can help maximize program revenues and reduce costs by recycling correctly.
- Recycling generates revenue and has lower processing costs than sending waste to landfills, which helps to keep City utility costs down for residents.
- When contamination levels exceed thresholds set by Recycle BC, it can result in fines or other penalties that impact taxpayers.
- Because recycling is a commodity that is sold to processors to be converted into new products, recycling materials have more value when they are clean and properly separated.
- Recyclable materials cannot be sold if they are contaminated.
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